Athletic challenge is oKay by Anthony

Defender Anthony Kay has played down the importance of Huddersfield Town’s topofthetable clash with Charlton on Monday night. Charlton are currently five points clear at the summit of League One and have only suffered one league defeat this season. Victory will put the Terriers within two points of the league leaders – but Kay claims the outcome will not decide the season. He told The Press: “It’s a big game but it’s not a decider in my opinion because it’s too early in the season. “Ourselves and Charlton make up the top two so the winner will gain a huge mental boost but little more than that at this stage. “We’re going to just carry on doing what has worked for us so far. We have a quality side here and one that is capable of achieving our goal, which is promotion.” On Wednesday, the club received confirmation that striker Alan Lee would have to serve his threematch ban following his straight red card, for a stray elbow, in Town’s 21 victory over Notts County, which saw them set a new Football League record of 43 games without loss. Kay insists Town have cover in the shape of Lee Novak but is disappointed for teammate Lee, who is now unavailable for selection until the end of December. “It’s a shame for Alan and I know he’ll be devastated,” said the 29yearold. “He was playing well and now he’ll have to miss four weeks because there is an FA Cup round in there too.” Meanwhile, manager Lee Clark has brought in Cardiff City striker Jon Parkin on a twomonth loan deal to act as cover for Lee. Parkin, 29, scored for Cardiff in their Carling Cup tie with Huddersfield earlier in the season but has since failed to hold down a firstteam position with the Championship outfit.

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