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10:00 11th April 2013

Relegation rivals go head-to-head

Wolves welcome Huddersfield Town to Molineux this Saturday, for a fixture that is likely to have huge implications on the battle for Championship survival.

The two teams are locked on 48 points, separated by goal difference and above the bottom three by a single point with five games remaining.

In the reverse fixture earlier in the season, the Terriers won 2-1 thanks to first-half goals from on-loan strikers James Vaughan and Jermaine Beckford. Sylvan Ebanks-Blake did pull one back for Wolves, but Stale Solbakken's men were unable to force a draw.

That win moved Huddersfield up to third in the table, a point ahead of the then-fifth placed Wolves, but both sides have seen their form - and league position - slump alarmingly since then.

That meeting was the first between the two sides in over a decade, but the latest in a long line of positive results for the Yorkshiremen over Wolves.

Wolves last beat Huddersfield towards the end of the 1996/1997 season - a 2-0 victory at the Alfred McAlpine Stadium courtesy of goals from Steve Froggatt and Steve Bull.

Of the nine meetings since then, two have ended in draws and seven - including the last five - have seen the Terriers take all three points.

The last Molineux meeting ended in a 1-0 victory for the visitors - a solitary Delroy Facey goal earning the points for a Terriers side that went on to be relegated from what was then Division One.

Huddersfield won by the same scoreline the previous season - the first of a run of four games in which Wolves failed to even score past the Yorkshiremen.

Vaughan is Huddersfield's top scorer this season - he has nine so far, including the winner in their last victory, a 2-1 win in the Yorkshire derby with Leeds United last month.

Also in the Town squad is Oscar Gobern - the younger brother of former Wolves winger Lewis Gobern.

Adam Hammill spent the first half of this season on-loan at the John Smith's Stadium - playing 16 times and scoring twice for the Terriers before returning to Wolves in January.

Another name that links the two clubs is Bill McGarry. The legendary former Wolves manager spent the majority of his playing career at Huddersfield, playing almost 400 games for the club during a ten-year spell from 1951.

After hanging up his boots, he embarked on a managerial career which would see him take charge of Wolves in 1968, leading the club to the UEFA Cup Final in 1972 and a League Cup win in 1974.



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