CAPTAIN Peter Clarke insists his side are coping well without departed striker Jordan Rhodes as Huddersfield Town continue their remarkable march towards to the npower Championship summit.
The Scotland international, who broke Town’s alltime goalscoring record with 36 last season, swapped the John Smith’s Stadium for Blackburn Rovers last month, agreeing a fiveyear deal believed to be worth £8million.
His attacking prowess could have left a gaping hole in the Terriers’ lineup, but Clarke believes the club have moved on superbly as the newcomers continue to steal the West Yorkshire spotlight.
“It was sad to see Jordan leave but we didn’t get downhearted, we just got on with the job and we have done it brilliantly thus far,” Clarke told The Press.
“No disrespect to him, because he’s a fantastic player who did a huge amount for this club, but we are not missing him at the moment.
“The new players have come in and impressed and things are going very well. It is early days and I have to be honest, I didn’t expect us to be in the top two after seven games, but we have made a strong start.”
Now second on the league ladder, Town, unbeaten in six, play host to earlyseason strugglers Watford tomorrow (Saturday).
The London outfit are without a win in four but cannot be overlooked, according to 30yearold Clarke, who relished his side’s 31 triumph over former club Blackpool on Monday night.
“Every team in any competition pose a threat and Watford will be no different,” he said.
“It’s important we keep our feet on the ground, a win might put us top over the weekend but that counts for nothing at this stage in the season.
“The manager has us playing well in a both he and we are comfortable with. Hopefully we can carry such form into the Watford game.”
On Wednesday, firstchoice goalkeeper Alex Smithies, 22, agreed a contract extension which will keep him at the club until the end of 2015.