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Gareth: Days like these will earn us respect

Boss says Huddersfield will know to expect a challenge on Tuesday night.

23 November 2020

Gareth Ainsworth says Huddersfield Town will know not to expect an easy ride on their visit to Adams Park on Tuesday night following the latest in a succession of impressive Chairboys performances at the weekend.

The Blues went toe-to-toe with last season’s Championship play-off finalists Brentford and were full value for their point in the 0-0 draw, with attentions quickly turning to the visit of the Terriers for the 7pm kick-off in midweek.

“We’ll have a plan for the game and if Huddersfield watch this match (against Brentford) then they’ll respect us and won’t expect an easy ride,” he said.

“We’re a Championship club, we aim to stay here, and days like today will help us a lot.

“The boys’ legs will be tested with all these games coming up but we’ll find a way of managing it, we always do. We will always have this big work rate which is what our team is built around, and that work rate was phenomenal again today. Even the lads who didn’t play were on their feet, getting right behind the boys on the pitch, and we’ll need everyone in the squad to play their part because we’ll need to make changes during these games to keep everyone fresh. “

Ainsworth was enthused by the way his side overcame the early challenges thrown at them by Brentford and swung momentum in their own favour in the second half, particularly threatening the Bees on the counter attack.

“Brentford were the better team in the first half and Ryan Allsop kept us in it with a fantastic save, but there were signs that we were growing into the game. We knew they would come at us with a system based around possession but we made them take risks, they started to get frustrated and take more risks, and that enabled us to counter attack well and I thought our subs gave us great energy in that respect.

“Thomas Frank is a great manager; I’ve got great respect for him. He’s got a fantastic team and that makes it a special point for us. I’d expect Brentford to finish in the top six at the end of the season and I’m really pleased with how we performed against them.”

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