Former Town trio bid for play-off glory
JORDAN Rhodes is just one match away from a possible reunion with Ipswich Town as he prepares to fire Huddersfield Town into the Championship.
The Terriers will go head-to-head with Peterborough United today in the League One play-off final with many Ipswich fans keeping a close eye on events at Old Trafford (3pm ko).
Former Town trio, Rhodes, Gary Roberts and Alan Lee, will all be part of Huddersfield’s squad aiming to gain promotion and ensure more heartache for the Ferguson family.
Standing in their way, Posh boss Darren Ferguson will be hoping to have his own success on the ground where his dad, Sir Alex, has achieved such a legacy – and provide a crumb of comfort after Manchester United’s Champions League final defeat last night.
Huddersfield manager Lee Clark dismissed the ‘Fergie factor’ as he looks to secure promotion by extending their club-record unbeaten league run to 28 matches.
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Clark, a play-off final loser after a penalty shoot-out as a player with Sunderland in 1998, said: “It doesn’t affect what my players or the Peterborough players do. Darren will have prepared his players very well, you can rest assured about that and so will we. It’s about who performs on the day.”
Clark is expected to make a late decision on whether Rhodes will start, with much depending on what formation Huddersfield adopt, while Roberts should play but Lee will have to settle for a place on the bench.
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The match could also signal Craig Mackail-Smith’s last game for Peterborough with the striker a possible target for Ipswich boss Paul Jewell.
Norwich City had been linked with the 34-goal forward but their �2.5 million capture of James Vaughan might scupper any deal.
Mackail-Smith, 27, said: “It’s been a great season for me personally and I would love to end it by helping the club achieve promotion to the Championship, which has been our aim since August.
“We have total confidence in our ability and it would be the greatest achievement in my time at the club if we were to win promotion back to the Championship.”