Huddersfield ready for Norwich City battle
Michael BaileyFormer Canaries transfer target Robbie Simpson believes Huddersfield Town can put behind their recent defeats with another home triumph - over the League One leaders.Michael Bailey
Former Canaries transfer target Robbie Simpson believes Huddersfield Town can put behind their recent defeats with another home triumph - over the League One leaders.
Norwich City will be the 18th league visitors to the Galpharm on Saturday, with only seven sides managing to take a point off Lee Clark's play-off contenders.
Only Premier League Manchester City and Championship leaders Newcastle United can boast unbeaten home league records alongside the Terriers this season.
And although a 5-0 hammering at Southampton and a surprise 2-0 defeat by struggling Gillingham at the Priestfield Stadium has brought Lee Clark's side back down to earth after an excellent February, Simpson - who almost joined City in the summer - expects Huddersfield to cause Norwich problems on their own patch.
'It was a bad week for us last week but we put that all to bed at the beginning of the week and everything has been focused towards this Saturday - and there's no better game to bounce back on than the team that are league leaders,' said Simpson.
'Our home form has been really good. We've pretty much dominated every game and those games we've drawn we've dominated and teams have just come to spoil our play. Our home form doesn't look like fading so we'll be hoping for a positive result on Saturday.
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'We've got a terrific fan base away from home but at home it's something else, it really is, and we've made the Glapharm a bit of a fortress this season.'
This season, Norwich's away form has served them just as well - with City looking to notch a record-equalling 10th league success on the road this season at the weekend.
'With the bookies, Norwich might be favourites, given our last couple of results and the fact they are flying and have been for quite a lot of the season,' said Simpson.
'But we're undefeated at home and even at their place I felt it was a game of two halves - I didn't think there was a lot between the two teams.
'Norwich have got nothing to lose. They are clear at the top and if they get a win then it will be looking impossible to stop them winning the league, and if they lose then they will still be in with a chance of winning the league.
'Of course with us, it's not a must win because we're still in the hunt for the play-offs and even the top two. But Leeds have got to go to Norwich and Southampton and if we win Saturday, we are in with a great shout.'
Simpson was a summer transfer target for then-manager Bryan Gunn but the former Canaries schoolboy made a �300,000 switch from Coventry to Huddersfield.
But his frustrating season looks set to continue after Simpson suffered a quad tear this week that looks set to rule him out for the next month.
'I was fairly close to joining Norwich - well, very close,' said Simpson. 'I had basically agreed to sign for Huddersfield without actually signing, before I had heard of Norwich's bid to Coventry for me.
'I did speak to Norwich at the last minute but Lee Clark was a big influence on my decision. Once I'd met him it makes you want to play for him.
'I didn't get the chance to meet Bryan Gunn but I did speak to the chief executive, David McNally, and he seemed like a great bloke. Once I had spoken to him it made it a tough decision, but I stuck with my morals and what I thought was right at the time, and I'd stick by that now.
'This season has been a bit of a bad one for me personally. It's probably been my worst season in football in terms of injury and illness, and unfortunately I'll miss Saturday, which I'm devastated about.
'But hopefully I can comeback for the last month of the season and who knows, I could score the winner at Wembley and this whole nightmare of a season is all forgotten.'