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Last Updated: Thursday, 5 January 2006, 13:32 GMT
Countdown to Chelsea
By Paul Fletcher

Huddersfield manager Peter Jackson
I have had them watched three times but the trouble is we have not found a weakness
Peter Jackson on Chelsea
Huddersfield arguably have the most difficult tie of the FA Cup third round.

Conference side Burton face the daunting task of playing Manchester United - but at least they have home advantage.

League One outfit Huddersfield travel to Stamford Bridge in a bid to halt Chelsea, the Premiership's mega-rich runaway leaders.

And Terriers boss Peter Jackson is under no illusions about the size of the task facing his team.

"For us to win would rank as one of the great FA Cup upsets of all time," Jackson told BBC Sport.

Here is how Jackson's Huddersfield have prepared for the task facing them.

A low priority

Huddersfield's second-round win at Worcester was televised on the BBC on Sunday 4 December.

Minutes later, Jackson's team were drawn against Chelsea. Jackson was interviewed on television and spoke of his delight at the draw.

Since then the sheer volume of fixtures - Huddersfield clocked up seven games in 27 days - ensured the glamour tie with Chelsea remained a secondary consideration.

Learn what you can

Jackson himself has tasted victory as a player at Stamford Bridge, a 3-1 win during his Newcastle days in the late 80s.

But that was in a different era, against a very different Chelsea.

Jose Mourinho's Blues have a very different feel about them and possess an almost invincible self-belief.

Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard
Lampard is unlikely to play

Jackson's preparations have yielded few clues.

"I have had them watched three times," added Jackson. "But the trouble is we have not found a weakness in their side.

"Mourinho is apparently giving Frank Lampard and John Terry the weekend off.

"But we will still be coming up against some of the world's best players. The game will be three times quicker than what we are used to and we have to make sure we concentrate for the entire match."

Taking stock and answering questions

After the exhausting schedule over Christmas and new year, Jackson gave his weary squad Tuesday and Wednesday off.

Jackson himself dealt with the media on Wednesday.

The club has been inundated with interview requests
Peter Jackson

"There has been a lot more attention than normal," he stated.

"The club has been inundated with interview requests and I have a schedule of appointments with various newspapers and other media."

Huddersfield reported back for light training on Thursday, nothing too hectic after the recent spate of games.

Put a plan in place

Friday is tactics day.

Jackson and his assistant Terry Yorath will talk through with their players what they have learned from the scouting missions carried out on their behalf.

The manager went to watch Worcester prior to their second-round tie.

With a very busy December, Jackson did not get the chance to see Chelsea himself.

"I see them virtually every week on television," he said.

"I do not need to tell you that from our three assessments there wasn't a lot to pick up on."

In the afternoon Huddersfield will head down to a hotel in London.

"We generally stay overnight in a hotel if the destination is more than three-and-a-half hours from Huddersfield," he revealed.

For this match the entire squad of 22 is heading down.

The day of the game

If the kick-off is at 1500 GMT, Jackson delivers a team-talk to his players once they are in their dressing room, usually at about 1415 GMT.

On Saturday the message will be very clear.

"What I want my team to do is give a good account of themselves," said Jackson.

"We have a young side but if we are positive and play to our full potential, if we come off the pitch having given it our best shot, I will be happy."

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho
Jackson is looking forward to meeting Mourinho

The players then go through their warm-up routines and return to the dressing room - at which point the Terriers boss will impart a few final words of wisdom.

Jackson delivers his thoughts at half-time in one of several different ways and, obviously, it depends on how the match is progressing.

Mourinho, apparently, never speaks to his players directly after a match, preferring to analyse the outcome before delivering his verdict.

Jackson will sometimes enlighten his players within minutes of the final whistle.

But after the game on Saturday, he will seek out Mourinho.

"I am looking forward to meeting him. He is one of the world's top managers.

"You never know, we might even have a glass of red wine."

Interview: Huddersfield manager Peter Jackson


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