Promotion chasing Huddersfield Town must beware lowly Tranmere Rovers, warns Terriers captain Peter Clarke, when on Tuesday evening the npower League 1 teams clash at Prenton Park in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy's Northern Section semi-final.
Third in the table Huddersfield will step into the match on the back of three important wins, against Milton Keynes Dons and leaders Brighton & Hove Albion in the League and a whopping 6-0 victory over Macclesfield Town in the FA Cup.
Meanwhile Tranmere have slipped to narrow defeats in their last two games, but that followed a run of three successive League and Johnstone's Paint Trophy victories - and Clarke knows from experience what lays in store for his team.
The 28-year-old former Blackpool and Southend defender, who began his career with Tranmere's near neighbours Everton, told football-league.co.uk: "I've played against Rovers a lot over the years, right back to when I was in the Everton youth team, and one thing you learn is that you never get an easy game against them.
"No matter who's been in charge of the team they always seem to be hard working, well organised and competitive, and we'll have to match those qualities if we want to impose ourselves on them and get the result we want."
The result that the Terriers want is a win that will put them into the Area Final and just a two-leg tie away from Wembley, a trip they missed out on last season in the League 1 Play-Offs as they lost to Millwall in the semi-final.
Clarke, who misses the game due to suspension, said: "Losing in the Play-Offs was obviously a massive disappointment, but that's our driving force this season. We want promotion and hopefully we can get it without the need to go through the Play-Offs.
"We've not hit our best form yet apart from in fits and starts, and as a group we know there's more to come from us. Our last three results have been ideal, though - we hadn't been cashing in on the chances we'd been creating of late, but it all came together nicely with 12 goals in those three games.
"Hopefully we can keep on scoring and winning in the League now, and it would be great to keep our run going in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.
"There's a Wembley Final at the end of it and that's a huge prize. If you go around every club in the country you won't find one who wouldn't want to be in a Final at that great stadium. We're no different - and we want to get there."
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