Huddersfield Town striker Alan Lee earned the praise of his manager after another fine display in the 2-0 weekend win over Tranmere Rovers.
The former Crystal Palace forward earned a starting spot for Lee Clark's side after a string of impressive performances off the bench, and was a focal point for the Terriers attack as Gary Roberts and Scott Arfield scored the goals at the Galpharm Stadium.
Despite failing to get on the score-sheet himself, Lee did his chances of starting in the local derby against Npower League One leaders Sheffield United on Tuesday night no harm at all, and it's the hard-graft that Clark likes most about his striker.
"Alan was absolutely superb. He’s been on fire, not just in matches but also on the training ground, and his work ethic and hold-up play have been excellent," said Clark post-match.
“Alan’s getting his head smashed in taking the knocks so other players can do the lovelier parts of the game, and we’re delighted with him.
“It didn’t happen for him last season, but he’s showing his quality this time around, and with his positivity, he’s a great bloke to have at the club.”
Substitutes have played a key part in the early success of Huddersfield this season, with Clark able to call upon one of the strongest squads in the division should things need to be changed during a game.
The competition for places is only likely to benefit one of the division's promotion favourites, although fine goals and great saves can also play their part in a successful season.
"The players coming off the bench are producing the goods, and that’s exactly what you want," added Clark.
“Gary Roberts struck a magnificent volley and Scott Arfield tucked his goal away very well.
“It certainly wasn’t one-way traffic, and Ian Bennett made a couple of good saves, but we are very happy and focusing on the Sheffield United match.”
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