Huddersfield Town defender McCombe ready for tough Stevenage Borough clash

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HUDDERSFIELD Town defender Jamie McCombe says collecting three much-needed points at Stevenage Borough will be no easy task tonight.

The Terriers have the chance to move within a point of Sheffield United and the League 1 automatic promotion spots - for 24 hours at least - with victory at The Lamex Stadium (kick-off 7.45pm).

But the South Elmsall-born centre-back is well aware of the tough challenge that lies in wait against promotion-pushing Borough.

“It’s a difficult place to go,” he told Express Sport.

“They’ve turned over some good teams there this season. They have a great team spirit and fight for every ball so it’s going to be tough for us.”

Borough sit seventh and are one of the surprise packages of the season in the division so far, but go into the clash having suffered back-to-back defeats.

McCombe will need to be at the top of his game in defence to keep the home attack out, but he’s also become a big attacking threat at the other end for Town.

The 29-year-old has become somewhat of a prolific goalscorer, for a centre-back at least, with three goals in his last four home matches.

The latest came in Town’s 2-0 win over Exeter City on Saturday and the tall defender will look to utilise his physical presence to boost his goal tally this term.

“I do try and chip in with my fair share of goals,” he said.

“The size I am I should get 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.”

Victory of the Grecians came in Simon Grayson’s first game in charge of the club.

The former Leeds United boss was brought in to replace Lee Clark with the aim of pushing Town into the top two after Town’s failings in the last two play-off campaigns.

And McCombe believes the quality within the Huddersfield squad is enough to see the team push-on and secure an automatic promotion spot this season.

“We know we’re capable of it [getting the top two] because of the run that we went on earlier in the season,” he said.

He added: “It’s the old saying of taking one game at a time, it’ll go down to the wire and hopefully we’ll come out on top.”

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