MANAGER Lee Clark has warned his Huddersfield Town players they face a footballing lesson in the FA Cup at Arsenal on Sunday.
Town take a break from league action with a fourth-round trip to the Emirates but Clark admitted: "We are massive underdogs. It's a fantastic opportunity and we will go there to put on a show but we know the task we face.
"I have told the players they will do more running in this game than they ever have before and they will get the fewest touches of the ball.
"Leeds did very well in both games and came out with credit. We would like to do the same."
Town must head to the capital without 16-goal top scorer Jordan Rhodes, who faces at least a month on the sidelines with ankle ligament damage. Rhodes was stretchered off just before half-time after firing over the bar.
Clark said the loss of Rhodes was "huge" but refused to be drawn on whether he would go into the transfer market for a replacement.
He could have a ready-made alternative in Arsenal teenager Benik Afobe, who could be fit after a knee problem.
Afobe played for the Arsenal youth team last Thursday but suffered a slight reaction and stayed in London for treatment.
Whether the Gunners allow Afobe to play against them – as Arsenal loanee Sanchez Watt did for Leeds – is another matter.
Town were nullified by a well-organised Colchester side in the first half and Anthony Pilkington was denied by goalkeeper Ben Williams before Jamie McCombe missed out with a header.
Rhodes had a couple of half-chances before going off with his injury and while Town did get the measure of Colchester after the break, they still couldn't find the killer touch.
Huddersfield Town: Bennett; Peltier, McCombe, P Clarke, Kilbane; Pilkington, Gudjonsson, Arfield, Roberts (Hunt 85); Lee, Rhodes (Novak 40). Unused substitutes: Colgan, N Clarke, T Clarke, Atkinson, Kay.
Colchester United: Williams; Beevers (White 76), Baldwin, Heath, Coker; Vincent (Odejayi 71), Izzet, Perkins, Wordsworth; Mooney (James 86), Bond. Unused substitutes: Cousins, Henderson, Gillespie, Vilhjalmsson.
Referee: G L Ward (Surrey)
Man of the match: Kevin Kilbane.
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