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28 September 2012

Danny ready for Blues stint

Danny Higginbotham is relishing the opportunity to play some first-team football- and isn’t ruling out a prolonged stay with the Blues.

The defender joined Town on a month’s loan last week from Stoke and could be in line for his full debut at Barnsley tomorrow.  

“The manager wanted me to come here and that was enough for me,” Danny told the Club website.

“I want to play football and the manager has allowed me the opportunity to come and do that here.

“Obviously the results haven’t been great just recently, but I look around the squad we’ve got here and you can see that there are some really good players.

“If we can play like we know we can do then I’m sure we won’t be in this position for long.              

“Initially it’s just for a month, but if the Club are happy with me and I’m enjoying it then we will look at maybe extending my stay.”

Team news

Paul Jewell will be without the services of striking duo Michael Chopra and Paul Taylor. Chops will miss the trip to Oakwell with a thigh injury, whilst team-mate Taylor is expected to be sidelined for a minimum of six weeks with a foot injury. Recent loan signing Danny Higginbotham could be set for a full Town debut, after making his Blues bow as a late substitute during last weekend’s defeat to Charlton.

Reds boss Keith Hill could name an unchanged side, following his team’s impressive 5-0 triumph away at Birmingham. Striker Craig Davies is again expected to lead the line after his four-goal haul at St Andrews.

Where they finished last season

Barnsley- 21st
Town- 15th

Where they currently stand

Barnsley- 13th
Town- 23rd

One to watch

Jacob Mellis. The midfielder, who has been capped at youth level by England, has impressed for the Tykes this season since arriving in the summer from Chelsea. Nottingham-born Jacob started his career on the books of Sheffield United, before joining the Premier League giants. After a successful loan spell at Oakwell last term, the midfielder completed a permanent move to south Yorkshire.

Match Officials

Referee: Trevor Kettle
Assistants: Marc Perry and Geoff Law
Fourth Official: Anthony Tankard

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