City army set to head north in record numbers

Chris LakeyNorwich City will be backed by their biggest away support of the season when they travel to Huddersfield tomorrow - and the locals are already laying out the welcome mat.Chris Lakey

Norwich City will be backed by their biggest away support of the season when they travel to Huddersfield tomorrow - and the locals are already laying out the welcome mat.

City have been given extra tickets, taking their allocation to around 4,000. By yesterday afternoon 2,687 had been taken and the expectation is that the number of away supporters will exceed the 2,875 who travelled to Millwall at the beginning of last month.

Their hosts - whose average crowd is a little over 14,000 - are expecting one of their biggest attendances of the campaign, and chairman Dean Hoyle has called on the home fans to crank up the volume.

'It promises to be a great game on Saturday between two of the best footballing sides in the division,' he said. 'We're expecting one of our biggest gates of the season so far and I would encourage everyone to make as much noise as possible as we look to continue our push for the play-offs.

'We are the only remaining holders of an unbeaten home record in the division and I am confident that with your backing that will still be the case after the weekend.'

Huddersfield haven't been beaten at The Galpharm this season and no one in League One has scored more goals on their travels than Norwich - a test, says manager Lee Clark, his team can overcome.

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The stakes are high for both teams: a win for City and it adds more weight to their automatic promotion credentials; a win for Huddersfield and it keeps them in with a genuine shout of the play-offs.

Clark - who spent just over a year as number two to Glenn Roeder - suddenly finds himself facing a mini-crisis, after an 11-game unbeaten run was abruptly halted by a 5-0 defeat at Southampton and then followed by a 2-0 loss at Gillingham last weekend.

However, Clark believes the Terriers can pass the test.

'Saturday's game has all the makings of a real cracker, and the aim is to prepare as well as we possibly can do so we're spot-on by Saturday,' he said.

'We've had a bit of a blip, but when we're on our game, I believe we can beat any side in the division, and this is the perfect chance to prove it.'

t Tickets will be available on the gate tomorrow, priced at �24 for adults, �15 for over-60s and students and �12 for under-16s.

t City's biggest travelling armies (league)

Millwall (Feb 6): 2,875

Wycombe (Jan 2): 2,300

Southampton (Nov 21): 2,205

Southend (Dec 1): 1,971

Colchester (Jan 16): 1,900

t Total away support this season League : 26,247

t Average: 1,544

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