Newcastle fightback can prove inspiration – Clark

LEE CLARK has called on his Huddersfield Town side to use former club Newcastle United as their inspiration tonight to pull off the comeback of the season.

The Terriers are tonight looking to overcome a four-goal deficit when Carlisle travel to the Galpharm Stadium in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Northern Area final second leg.

It is a tall order but one that Clark believes is achievable, the Town manager pointing to how Newcastle hit back from 4-0 down to rescue a point in the Premier League on Saturday as grounds for hope.

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Clark, 38, who had two spells at St James’ Park as a player and also spent time on the Magpies coaching staff, said: “The results from last weekend, such as the Newcastle one, make my team talk very easy against Carlisle.

“What happened up at St James’ Park is still fresh in the lads’ minds, which gives everyone hope and belief that coming from 4-0 down is possible.

“We have the opportunity to go to Wembley and we are desperate to go there. We experienced playing at the Emirates a few weeks ago and I believe that Wembley will top that experience. To see the fans wearing blue and white all around Wembley would give me a massive buzz.

“During my playing days, I played in some great comebacks. However, I don’t think I have been involved in trying to turn around such a big deficit before.

“Despite that, Greg Abbott (Carlisle manager) has already said it – if there is any team in this League that can turn around such a large deficit then it is Huddersfield Town.

“I believe my players can do it but we have to do it cleverly and not just go out trying to score four goals in the first half.”

New signing Danny Cadamarteri, who marked his second ‘debut’ for Town by scoring in Saturday’s 4-1 win at Exeter, is available but Clark is considering resting a couple of his more experienced players with the weekend league visit of Oldham Athletic in mind.

Despite that, he insists Huddersfield will be going all out to book a trip to Wembley.

“All the pressure is on Carlisle because we are thought to be out of the tie.

“We can dissect the game into three 30-minute periods and see where we are at the end of each period.

“We have to approach it professionally and in the right manner. If we can get ourselves into the same position as we were last Tuesday against Carlisle then I will be delighted.”

Last six games: Huddersfield Town WLDLWW, Carlisle United LWWDLL.

Referee: S Tanner (Somerset).

Last time: Huddersfield Town 2 Carlisle 0; Tuesday, February 1, 2011; League One.