npower Championship
Tuesday March 5 2013
Huddersfield Town v Middlesbrough
Kick-off 7.45pm

THIS is the 84th league meeting between the two sides, with Boro having slightly the better previous record of 36 wins compared to Huddersfield's 30, which leaves 17 draws.

This is Boro's first visit to Huddersfield for over 15 years. Boxing Day 1997 was the last time these two met in West Yorkshire.



Injuries and suspensions

Jonathan Woodgate has been back in training but his return could be delayed until Saturday's trip to Bristol City. Kieron Dyer is likely to be rested but should be included for the trip to Ashton Gate. Justin Hoyte (hip) and Stuart Parnaby (torn hamstring) are both another couple of weeks away.

James Vaughan picked up his 10th yellow card of the season during Saturday's 4-1 defeat at Brighton and will miss this game and Saturday's home game with Charlton. Callum Woods is expected to return after picking up an injury during the Terriers' 1-0 win at Burnley last Tuesday, but Anthony Gerrard is likely to miss this game after limping off with an Achilles problem at the Amex Stadium.


In Opposition

Huddersfield finished fourth in League One last season but were promoted after penalty glory over Sheffield United in the play-off final at Wembley.

Their promotion sealed second-tier football for the first time since 2000/01. They were in the fourth tier of English football when Boro won the Carling Cup back in 2004.

Manager Simon Grayson was appointed in February last year, five days after Lee Clark was sacked even though the Terriers were fourth in League One.

But Grayson's tenure was brought to an end on January 24 when he was also sacked.

His replacement was Coventry City boss Mark Robins, who took the reins on February 14. He has won one, drawn one and lost two of his four league games so far.

The Terriers are 19th in the Championship with 41 points from 35 games, 12 places and 13 points behind Boro.

Suspended striker Vaughan is Huddersfield's leading scorer with eight goals. The top available scorer is Lee Novak, who has six but he has scored just one in his last seven games. Adam Clayton, who has missed just one league game all season, against Boro at the Riverside, has scored five, but just one in 18.

Town's goalkeeper Alex Smithies is their only ever present, as is his counterpart Jason Steele at Boro.

Only three clubs have had more yellow cards than their 63 and they are one of three teams who have had four players sent off. They have four players on eight yellow cards.

Huddersfield have a squad of 30 players, including four on loan. All are from England, Scotland, Wales or the Republic of Ireland, although Birmingham-born Theo Robinson qualifies for Jamaica.

Mark Robins is their sixth manager in the last 13 months, including caretakers.


Head-to-Head

Last six meetings in Huddersfield.

The most recent was at what is now the John Smiths Stadium but was the McAlpine Stadium at the time and has been the Galpharm Stadium in between. The remaining five fixtures were played on Huddersfield's previous ground, Leeds Road.

1997/98 - Division One (Championship)
26-12-1997: Huddersfield
0-1 Middlesbrough

1987/88 - Division Two (Championship)
10-10-1987: Huddersfield
1-4 Middlesbrough

1985/86 - Division Two (Championship)
29-03-1986: Huddersfield
0-3 Middlesbrough

1984/85 - Division Two (Championship)
03-11-1984: Huddersfield
3-1 Middlesbrough

1983/84 - Division Two (Championship)
17-12-1983: Huddersfield
2-2 Middlesbrough

1972/73 - Division Two (Championship)
17-03-1973: Huddersfield
1-1 Middlesbrough



Diary Dates

5 years ago - A Geremi header brings the first of only two home wins over Newcastle in the Premier League.

15 years ago - Boro and borrowed keeper Andy Dibble let in another five at QPR after four at Forest but stay second in Division One.

25 years ago - A goalless draw at West Brom makes it nine away games without a win and sees Boro slip to fifth in Division Two.

30 years ago - An even worse day at QPR as Boro crash 6-1 on the plastic pitch and slip to 21st.

35 years ago - A goalless draw at Old Trafford, which will prove the high point of a bleak March.

50 years ago - Boro at last play their much iced-off third-round cup tie at Blackburn and draw 1-1 with a Brian Orritt goal.

60 years ago - A Johnny Spuhler goal gets struggling Boro a point at Sunderland, but they slip to a place to 19th.

65 years ago - A goalless draw with Chelsea at Ayresome Park leaves Boro, fourth at Christmas, drifting in mid-table,

85 years ago - George Camsell's 32nd goal in 33 games earns a 1-1 draw at Burnley and what seems a comfortable 14th place.

110 years ago - Sandy Robertson scores twice in a 3-1 win at Sheffield United.



Vital Statistics

Boro's win over Cardiff was just their second in 10 games in 2013. The much-improved performance means they have now taken seven points from a possible 30 this year.

That victory on Saturday was the first in four Championship games. It was also the first time this calendar year that Boro have scored a first half league goal and only the third time all season they have scored two.

Boro have now won all nine games they've led at half-time - the best record in all four divisions. Huddersfield are yet to win a game in which they've trailed.

Mowbray's men have won just one of their last 10 away games, lost seven of the last eight, and have taken just five points out of 30 away since winning at Charlton on November 3.

Only the bottom side Bristol City have lost more away games than Boro's 10, while only three Championship sides have let in more away goals.

Huddersfield have won two of 11 games this calendar year. During that run they have been beaten 6-1 twice, at Leicester and Forest, and 4-1 at Brighton on Saturday. In the Championship, the Terriers have won just two of their last 19 matches.

The run has dropped them to sixth bottom, just five points off the final relegation place currently occupied by Peterborough, who have a game in hand.

Huddersfield's home record has seen them win just once at home in the last 12 in all competitions - two FA Cup and 10 league. Of those 12, there have been eight draws.

Huddersfield are the Championship's second-lowest scorers with 36 goals, one fewer than Ipswich, and the lowest at home.

Since Robins took over at Huddersfield, Town have won just one of the five games, although have kept three clean sheets, shipping 14 goals in the other three.

Boro have won on each of the last three visits to Huddersfield, scoring eight goals in the process and conceding just one - a run that stretches back to 1986.

The 3-0 victory for Boro over Huddersfield earlier this season was the seventh straight win against the Terriers, during which Boro have conceded just twice, scoring 21 - an average of three Boro goals-per-game.

Boro have set a new club record with 22 different scorers in a season, following Saturday's strikes from Kieron Dyer and on-loan Sammy Ameobi. Apart from teenagers Jordan Jones and Bryn Morris, who had cameos against Hastings, the only outfield players who have yet to score are Rhys Williams, Josh McEachran, George Friend, Stephen McManus, Stuart Parnaby and Julio Arca.


Last time out

November 27 2012
Championship

Middlesbrough 3 (McDonald 28, 85, Ledesma 66) Huddersfield Town 0

Boro moved to third in the table when two goals from Scott McDonald eased them to victory.

Middlesbrough: Steele; Hoyte, Hines, Bikey, Halliday (Parnaby 90), Bailey (Capt), McEachran, Smallwood, Ledesma (Zemmama 87), Jutkiewicz (Miller 87), McDonald. Subs Leutwiler (gk); Thomson, L Williams, Emnes. Order of substitutions. 1) Zemmama 2) Miller

Huddersfield Town: Smithies; Dixon, Clarke (Capt), Hunt, Lynch, Norwood (Atkinson 54), Arfield, Ward, Robinson (Hammill 54), Novak (Lee 68), Church. Subs Bennett (gk); Woods, Gerrard, Wallace. Order of substitutions. 1) Hammill 2) Atkinson

Referee: Scott Mathieson, Cheshire.

Bookings

Middlesbrough: Hoyte
, 79, foul.
Huddersfield Town: None

Attendance: 21,850 (1,115 Huddersfield Town. The largest away following of the season so far)

Conditions: Cold, breezy and showery

Website Boro Man of the Match: Josh McEachran

Possession: Middlesbrough 61% Huddersfield Town 39%

Shots

Cards

Goals

On target

Off target

Blocked

Corners

Yellow

Red

Boro

3

6

7

1

3

1

0

Town

0

2

7

2

4

0

0



Referee: Stuart Attwell, Warwickshire.

This will be the 34th game of the season for Mr Attwell. His previous 33 have rendered 92 yellow and two red cards.

He was last at the Riverside for Boro's final game of 2012, a 4-2 win over Blackpool. His last Huddersfield game came in a 3-1 defeat away to Peterborough in October.


Weather

A cool, dry evening is forecast with the temperature expected to be around six degrees for the game.


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