Huddersfield Town v Brentford - More than a local efort will keep Terriers safe

FOR the likes of Duane Holmes, Fraizer Campbell and Ryan Schofield, doing their bit to help Huddersfield Town retain their Championship status presumably means that bit more due to their blue and white affiliations.

Holmes was raised in the Wakefield area as a Town supporter, while Campbell hails from Lowerhouses and Schofield is from Lepton.

Yet, in truth, there are many other proud senior professionals in Town’s ranks who have grown to care for the club like it is their own, despite it not being ‘their’ boyhood team.

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That much is evidenced by their collective efforts when the chips have been down recenly.

Local lads: Fraizer Campbell celebrates scoring against Birmingham with Juninho Bacuna and fellow local Duane Holmes. Picture: Bruce Rollinson

Town, with work still to do to secure their second-tier place for another season, head into today’s game on the back of a four-match unbeaten run.

The action has not always been pretty, but the willingness to fight for each other has shone through, which is what all sides at the bottom fundamentally require to prevail in tough times.

Holmes said: “We had conversations about what was going wrong and how we could fix it and we have gone out onto the pitch and done exactly that and it shows a lot about the group and great character.

“We know when we put those shirts on that we are going to fight for each other and you cannot ask for much more.

“I cannot say it means more to us local lads. I can only speak for myself and I know what it means to me and we (all) want nothing more than to keep this club in the Championship and get the fans back and put on a show hopefully next season.”

Today’s game is the first leg of a daunting Easter double-header with a Norwich City side destined to make an instant return to the Premier League next up at Carrow Road on Tuesday evening.

Should Huddersfield require a spot of hope, it should arrive in their outstanding performance in their 4-1 victory over high-flying Swansea City on February 20 – on a late winter’s day when Holmes was at the epicentre of everything good from the hosts.

It showed what Carlos Corberan’s side are truly capable of in a division which is unpredictable at the best of times.

Holmes, who scored two goals against the Swans to find the net for the first time since returning to the club for a second spell following his move from Derby County, added: “It is a strange old league and we know on our day, we are good enough to beat anyone and put the game plan into action and get three points.

“We are playing against two good teams, but we are a good team ourselves and have shown it this season. Especially with players coming back, we are looking stronger and competition for places is getting good and we are looking forward to getting back on the pitch as two weeks without a game is two weeks too long.”

Last six games: Huddersfield LLDDWD; Brentford WWLWDD.

Referee: O Langford (West Midlands).

Last time: Huddersfield 0 Brentford 0, January 18, 2020; Championship.

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