Sheffield Wednesday: Selection quandary for Terriers chief

Chris Powell
Chris Powell

Huddersfield Town manager Chris Powell faces a major striking dilemma as they prepare to head to Sheffield Wednesday searching for a first win in seven Championship matches.

James Vaughan is available for selection again, having served a one-match suspension for his red card in the Terriers entertaining 2-2 draw at home to Norwich City before the two-week international break.

Powell must decide whether to recall Vaughan or stick with top-scorer Nahki Wells, who missed two penalties in their last clash against Fulham, and Ishmael Miller up front.

One player who seems certain to start for 18th-placed Huddersfield at Hillsborough is Reece James. The 21-year-old, who played seven times for Rotherham United earlier this season, has arrived on loan from Premier League giants Manchester United until the end of the season.

Powell expects Wednesday to adopt a direct style of play on their much-maligned Hillsborough pitch.

“We know without a doubt on the pitch they have there, it will be a tough game and quite direct,” he said. “You can’t tailor your game unless you play on a bad pitch, you have to let the players know that they have to be cute where they play.

“We can’t overplay in certain areas but you manage the situation in the warm-up straight away and play the conditions.

“They have done it a few times where the pitch has deteriorated and we will have to do the same.

“We are going to have to be right up for it from the first whistle. Regardless of where they are in the table, we need to focus on getting results for ourselves.”

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