Match preview: Huddersfield Town v Hartlepool United

Boss Lee Clark says Huddersfield Town are "absolutely flying" ahead of Boxing Day's clash with Hartlepool United at the Galpharm (kick-off 3pm).

Town are confident the League One game will get the go-ahead thanks to the Galpharm's under-soil heating and the Terriers approach the clash in rude health having won their last four games, scoring 14 goals.

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Mid-table Hartlepool are also in decent fettle having won their last three and although Clark has full respect for Mick Wadsworth's side he admits his men are in fine form given their recent run.

"Hartlepool are doing very well, they've had lots of positive results and some terrific away results," said Clark.

"They have got a very good and experienced manager and it's going to be tough, but I bet he's thinking the same as my lads are absolutely flying in the league at the moment."

Victory could take Town back into the top two with Clark's side having quickly erased the memory of recent league defeats to Exeter and Oldham.

The Town boss insists too much was made of those reverses and is happy with this season's progress as a whole.

"I disagree that we've turned a corner as we've only lost one or two games in our last 10 or 12," he said.

Town also visit Southampton on Tuesday and the Terriers are nicely poised in third as the new year approaches, but Clark is not looking at the table, insisting it is May 7 and the end of the season that matters most.

"The table now is not what matters and I've just got to make sure that when it comes to the crunch we are in with a chance of taking one of the spots in the top two," he said.

"The table on December 23rd or 24th is of no interest to me and we are not even half-way yet. There are so many more games to play."