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Familiar face returns to dugout at Terriers.

Byline: NATHAN HEMMINGHAM @EXAMINERHTAFC

HUDDERSFIELD entertain Middlesbrough today looking to end the month of November on a high after four games without a win.

The visitors will have a familiar face in the dugout, with former Terriers boss Neil Warnock returning.

He brings a side bang in form in the Championship, with only Norwich having picked up more points in the last 10 games.

They have lost just once in their last 12 outings and have the division's meanest defence, having conceded just six goals.

So what's special about Warnock's Middlesbrough and what can Huddersfield Town expect when they arrive at the John Smith's Stadium?

We spoke to Middlesbrough editor Dom Shaw, from Teesside Live, to get the inside track Warnock's Boro. | | Q: How have Boro fared so far this season?

"It's been a superb start for Boro. "After last season's struggle, the transformation has been quite remarkable really, with Boro having lost only twice so far this season - narrowly edged out 1-0 by relegated sides Watford and Norwich.

"The success of the season so far has been built on a rock solid backline. Marcus Bettinelli has kept seven clean sheets in 13 fixtures.

"Not that the keeper has had much to do thanks to the brilliance of those in front.

"Paddy McNair and Dael Fry have been immense, while the emerin gence and form of Anfernee Dijksteel and Marc Bola, who both endured a season to forget last term after arriving in the summer of 2019, has been one of the real plus points.

"Goals have been hard to come by, but Boro are creating chances and they stuck three past bottom club Derby in midweek."

| Q: Neil Warnock has been there a few months now. How has he settled in and does the team resemble his style?

"Warnock says he takes great pride making his team the most difficult to beat in the Championship - and that's exactly what he's done at Boro.

"It's now a weekly occurrence to hear opposition managers talking about how awkward Boro are to play against.

"They press aggressively, get in the face of the opposition and impose themselves from the get-go.

"Warnock felt Boro lacked leaders, a spine and consistency when he took charge but that's no longer an issue. Boro haven't conceded a goal in open play since the draw at Cardiff on October 24."

| Q: Who are the dangermen for Town to look out for?

"If he gets the nod over Chuba Akpom, captain Britt Assombalonga will be looking to add to his goal against Derby in midweek.

"Marcus Tavernier is full of energy and always on the want for the ball.

"He might be a centre-half, but one of the real dangermen for Town to be wary of is Paddy McNair. His set-piece deliveries are exceptional."

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Author:NATHAN HEMMINGHAM @EXAMINERHTAFC
Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
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Date:Nov 28, 2020
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