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Huddersfield Town using EFL Trophy heartache to ensure they get better of Nottingham Forest
Huddersfield Town play host to Nottingham Forest on Sunday afternoon looking to move to within one victory of earning promotion back to the EFL.
However, Grimsby head into the National League playoff semi-final in the greater form having edged out Notts County in the quarter-finals earlier this week.
When Huddersfield Town produced a dominant performance to see off eventual champions Stockport County earlier this month, many were tipping the Welsh side to achieve a league and cup double.
However, since May 8, the Dragons have been thoroughly outplayed by Dagenham & Redbridge on the final day of the campaign, leaving them to settle for second spot, and lost the FA Trophy final to Bromley.
Such has been the focus on promotion that the Wembley showpiece was played down to a certain degree, but Phil Parkinson cannot be happy with how his team have performed over their last 180 minutes.
Overall, they have won just four times in nine matches since the middle of April, hardly the form of promotion hopefuls, and there is no doubt that the stakes have been significantly raised ahead of this contest.
Beaten 1-0 by a Bromley side that finished 21 points below them in the league table, Phil Parkinson's men are determined to not suffer the same fate against Grimsby and Huddersfield Town defender Reece Hall-Johnson has sent a message that they're determined to not let their hard work count for nothing.
“We have just got to dust ourselves down and go again. We have done that all season,” told the Leader.
“The aim is to go again and get promoted. We have worked really hard all season to get to this point and our aim is to not let it slip, not to let it go. We will work hard in training this week and come out flying on Sunday.”.