Breitenreiter unveils Huddersfield's risky plan to dodge relegation.
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Breitenreiter unveils Huddersfield’s risky plan to dodge relegation.

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Huddersfield Town’s Tom Lees and Jack Rudoni returned to the starting lineup against Bristol City, as the Terriers fell back into the Championship relegation zone.

Andre Breitenreiter said that bringing Huddersfield Town’s Tom Lees and Jack Rudoni back into the starting lineup immediately after their injuries was a “high risk” move.

The pair played the entire match in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Bristol City, in which the Terriers conceded a last-gasp equaliser that dropped them into the relegation zone with only three games remaining.

Lees had been out for five games with a calf ailment, while Rudoni had missed the previous two with a hamstring injury. Despite just having trained for one session, Breitenreiter chose to start the duet.

The Terriers’ manager claimed that he was displeased with several of his players’ performances in training prior to the game, pushing him to take a chance on the returning duo.

“We also have with Tom Lees an important player, an experienced player on the pitch, with Jack Rudoni also a player back,” Town’s head coach told BBC Radio Leeds.

“They each trained once, but we need them, as you can see today.

“It was high-risk because he (Lees) just practiced with the team once yesterday, as did Jack Rudoni, but I was dissatisfied with the performances of other players in the training session, so we took the chance, as did the players, and it paid off. They performed pretty well, so everything was fine.”

Saturday’s game also marked Ollie Turton’s return from an ACL injury that had kept him out of Championship play for around 14 months.

However, what should have been a joyful day for the defender turned into one of tremendous disappointment, with the right-back upset after giving the last-gasp spotkick that cost Town an important victory.

“It’s never a penalty,” Breitenreiter stated. “Unlucky, unjust, whatever you call it, our players are completely dissatisfied in the locker room, and they are heartbroken. Ollie Turton was crying, which is unjust to me.

“It’s crucial (for the players to rally around Turton), and he shown his professionalism at the previous training session.

“He is not fit since he has been out for a long period, but we need guys with a strong attitude, players that live professionally, and he has a great personality.

“He deserved to stand on the pitch for a few minutes today, and now he feels extremely bad, because he thinks that he is the man who made the mistake, but it was not his mistake, it was the mistake of the referee.”

 

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