U’s out to spoil Terriers’ proud record

THEY have to lose some time, so why not today?

THEY have to lose some time, so why not today?

Huddersfield Town are on a remarkable run, stretching back to last December – they have not lost a League One fixture during the regular season since a 4-1 thrashing at Southampton on December 28.

Lee Clark’s men duly set a club record 24 league games unbeaten on Tuesday night, following a 0-0 draw at Mick Wadsworth’s Hartlepool United.

So with that record in the bag, it’s about time that the Terriers lost a game!

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Colchester United will start as the rank outsiders, but they dispatched Preston North End (4-2) at Deepdale on the opening day, and they will not be lacking in self-belief today.

Unbeaten runs are there to be halted, and the U’s will not just be coming to the Galpharm Stadium to defend. They have an attacking mentality this season, so expect a few goals.

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In all competitions, Huddersfield have lost just one of their last 28 games, although that defeat was in their most important fixture, a 3-0 defeat to Peterborough in the League One play-off final.

The Terriers have not played in the second tier since 2001.

And the U’s will be hoping to put another spanner in the works today.

U’s boss John Ward has hinted that he might make the odd change, but it would only be a matter of tinkering with his line-up.

Winger Ashley Vincent will be sidelined for six weeks with his knee injury, after spraining lateral ligaments during the 1-1 home draw with Wycombe last Saturday.

New recruit Michail Antonio is expected to fill that wide role again, following his debut in Tuesday night’s 2-0 defeat by Charlton. The Reading loanee operated on the right flank, with Ian Henderson switching to the left.

Ward might consider handing Lloyd James his first start of the campaign, after the ex-Southampton midfielder impressed as a substitute against Charlton.

Midfielder Andy Bond (front teeth knocked out) and keeper Ben Williams (viral infection) could also be in the squad for the first time this season.

Hosts Huddersfield have very few injury concerns, although keeper Alex Smithies is out for three months after recent surgery on his knee.

Jordan Rhodes was introduced as a substitute early in the second half at Hartlepool, but he might be promoted to the starting line-up today.

Midfielder Damien Johnson could be involved for the first time in eight months, following knee surgery. Summer recruit Anton Robinson, signed from Bournemouth, is back in contention after straining his hamstring on his debut against Bury.

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