The first of the npower League 1 Play-Off semi-finals takes place at lunchtime on Saturday at Dean Court, when Huddersfield Town travel south to take on Bournemouth.

The Cherries are aiming for their second successive promotion while the Terriers are looking to end their seven-year stay in the third tier.

16 points separated the sides in the League 1 table with Bournemouth finishing 6th with 71 points, while Town finished third just five off automatic promotion.

Despite the points difference though that is all forgotten now and the only thing that matters is the scoreline after the next two matches.

The Cherries aren't in their best form of the season going into the match, with just three wins since the start of March, all of which came against teams in the bottom half of the table - Oldham Athletic, Notts County and Bristol Rovers but scoring isn't a problem for Lee Bradbury's side having failed to find the net just once in their last nine matches.

Liam Feeney has been key to the Cherries success in recent seasons, since signing from Salisbury City in 2009 and he's hoping they can now take the next step up the footballing ladder.

Speaking to the Bournemouth Echo he said: "We have achieved something great for the club to be in the Play-Offs. It is fully deserved - we have been up there all season.

"It would be an even better season if we were to win promotion and it would be something that would be spoken about for years to come. We all know that and we are all focused on it.

"These opportunities, as a player, don't come along very often in your career, so when they do you have got to grasp them. Hopefully, we will do that on Saturday."

Lee Clark's side on the other hand pushed Southampton close for the second automatic promotion, which the Saints only confirmed on the final day of the season.

They go into the double header with 10 wins from their last 14 matches, with the other four ending all square. They are in fact unbeaten in the league in 2011 a run of 25 games stretching back to December 28th.

Skipper Peter Clarke has been important in that run and after being named Player of the Year he's also signed a new three-year deal and he's hoping the good news can keep coming.

Speaking to he said: "This unbeaten run is the sign of a good side that knows how to pick up points when perhaps they are not the best.

"Saturday is a normal game for us - you can't get ahead of yourself or get too excited. We just have to carry on what we've been doing over the course of the season, because that has got us to this stage. We're working hard and training hard and we'll give it our absolute maximum come kick-off.

"In a way it's like Cup football, and it's certainly a different kind of football. Over the course of the season we've earned the right to be here and I think we've learned from the Play-Offs last season."

Town were beaten 2-0 on aggregate last season by Millwall, who went on to beat Swindon Town in the final at Wembley.


Neither side has managed to get the better of the other so far this season with both matches so far having ended all square.

The first meeting, at the Galpharm Stadium back in September, saw Josh McQuoid open the scoring only for two goals in three minutes either side of the interval from Antony Kay and Gary Roberts to put the home side in control. Marc Pugh earned his side a point though when he netted with just 11 minutes to go.

By the time they met again in February Eddie Howe had departed for Burnley and Lee Bradbury was in charge but the outcome was still the same only this time the goals were reserved until the final 16 minutes.

Michael Symes opened the scoring for the home side only for Danny Cadamarteri, back at Huddersfield for a second spell, equalised with just a minute left to play.

The two sides have met 41 times in total and it's Huddersfield who have the edge with 16 wins to nine while a further 16 matches have ended all square.

Bournemouth have to go back to 1993 for their last win, when they won 1-0 at Leeds Road. Since then the sides have met 17 times with 10 ending in wins for the Yorkshire side.

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