LET’S finish the job - that’s the message from South Elmsall defender Jamie McCombe as Huddersfield Town head into the ‘business end’ of the season.
The former Frickley Athletic centre-back, 29, has been a key part of Town’s season and is keen to help the Terriers to League One promotion after twice missing out through the play-offs.
Chairman Dean Hoyle took action to try and push his side into the automatic promotion spots by sacking Lee Clark last month and bringing in former Leeds United manager Simon Grayson.
McCombe admits the change came as a surprise for him and his teammates but is looking forward to working with Grayson and help finish what Clark started.
“It was a bit of a shock for the lads,” he said.
“Lee’s been fantastic for this club and we thoroughly enjoyed working with him, but these things happen in football.
“To see him go was of course a massive disappointment, but I did speak to him after he’d left and he just told me to finish the job that we’d started with him.”
The defender realises the tough clubs all vying for automatic promotion this season but believes the Terriers, currently in fourth, have what it takes to take the top two.
Speaking before Tuesday’s game against Stevenage Borough, which finished 2-2, he said: “We’re in a good position in the league. We’re four behind Sheffield United and there’s five or six really good teams that are up in the top-six spots who will all being going for that second spot. It’s down to us to do well.
“We know we’re capable of it because of the run that we went on earlier in the season.
“We probably drew too many but that’s the way that it goes It ended up being teams playing against us didn’t want to lose so that made things tough because of the way they set up against us. Teams obviously wanted to knock us off our perch.”
“It’s so far so good with Simon Grayson here. He came in and played the same team to give everyone a chance to stake their claim for a starting place.”
McCombe has cemented a place in Town’s starting eleven - something which seemed unlikely at the turn of the year.
His sending-off in the Terriers’ 2-2 home draw with Leyton Orient in September saw him suspended and then left on the sidelines.
A one-month loan stint at Preston North End got his campaign back-on-track, however, and he regained his starting role on his return.
He said: “I wasn’t match sharp and Lee [Clark] just told me to go out on-loan and get match sharpness back. He said it’d be good for all parties and it was. I enjoyed my time there but I was always coming back after that loan and managed to get back in the team.”
Town beat Exeter City 2-0 on Saturday and McCombe got on the scoresheet, netting his third goal in four home matches.
“I do try and chip in with my fair share of goals,” he said.
“The size I am I should be getting some goals. I scored one at Preston and I’ve come back and scored three in my last four home games so that’s great.”
His younger brother John, playing at Port Vale, also scored in his side’s weekend win, making it a good day for the McCombe household.
“I wonder what odds you’d have got on both of us being the first scorer at the weekend?” he said.
McCombe is expected to be in Town’s starting line-up when they visit Bury today (kick-off 3pm).
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