DARREN MOORE claims that the most important development in his first week as manager of Huddersfield Town has had nothing to do with Monday’s inspiring comeback draw at Coventry City – and everything to do with something else.
Moore will be introduced to Terriers fans at the John Smith’s Stadium before kick-off in his first Championship game as Town manager, against Ipswich Town.
Town gained a hard-fought point in a 1-1 draw at the CBS Arena on his first night in charge, and his attention this week has been on not only the training ground, but getting to know his players one-on-one.
Moore said: “It’s probably the most important ingredient this week.
“It brings that understanding and communication and it’s about getting to understand them as ‘men’ before we get to the footballing side. That’s been the most important aspect.
“Getting to meet them in person, it’s a joy getting to work with them, but getting to know their personalities is a huge bonus.”
David Kasumu and Danny Ward remain sidelined for the Terriers, but Josh Ruffels is available again.
Moore continued: “David Kasumu and Danny Ward are the two that we’re still finding a bit more about in terms of where they’re at. Other than that the players have all trained.
“We’re still waiting to get prognoses on those two because our main physio and doctor has been away with a bout of Covid, but hopefully he’ll be back in a few days and we’ll get a clearer picture.”
Town an Ipswich side who have made an outstanding start to the new season and harnessed the momentum from last season’s exemplary promotion campaign.
The Suffolk outfit are level on points with leaders Leicester City, and have lost just one league game this season. They come to West Yorkshire on the back of a five-match winning sequence in all competitions.
“They’ve got real momentum,” the Town manager added. Last season, they got the group and squad they wanted, they got promoted, and they’ve continued on that wave to have a really fantastic start to the season.
“It’s a great game for us, and we’re excited to play in front of our own fans.” We’re pleased by the boys’ performance the other night, and we’re looking forward to it.
“Obviously, I’ve played against them in the last couple of seasons, and now at Huddersfield, we’re looking forward to carrying on what we’ve started and keeping our own momentum going.”
“Our lads are in a good position physically and mentally, we’ve gone four games without defeat, and we’ll be”in front of our home crowd.