Huddersfield Town arrive at Vicarage Road on Saturday having improved on last season's 19th place finish

Adam Clayton is Town's joint second-highest goalscorer this term. Picture: Action Images

Adam Clayton is Town's joint second-highest goalscorer this term. Picture: Action Images

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Watford bring the curtain down on their 2013/14 season on Saturday as they host 17th-place Huddersfield Town.

Mark Robins' side arrive at Vicarage Road having secured their Championship status for a third season since winning promotion under Simon Grayson in 2012 and have done so without the final-day drama of 12 month ago.

The Terriers played out a 2-2 draw with Yorkshire rivals Barnsley on the final day of last season - a result which suited the Tykes equally - knowing a point would be enough to keep them in the second tier.

Hopes were high Huddersfield would kick on this season and move towards the top half of the table and despite a good start to the campaign, the Terriers have slipped away in recent weeks without ever truly being sucked into the battle again the drop.

Indeed, it is only the run of two wins since March 1 that has seen Huddersfield slide from a comfortable mid-table position towards the lower reaches of the Championship at this late stage.

There can be little doubting the correlation between Town's form and the form of top-scorer James Vaughan when analysing Huddersfield's season.

On November 30, Vaughan scored his tenth and last goal of the campaign after a promising start, with the Terriers in 11th place in the table. Since then, Huddersfield have not been higher than 12th, with Vaughan spending time in the treatment rom.

The January arrival of Nakhi Wells from Bradford City has eased some of Town's goal-scoring concerns, but the over-reliance on former Everton and Norwich City forward Vaughan has led to the Terriers averaging just 1.2 goals per game.

For context, Beppe Sannino's Hornets have averaged 1.7 per game, despite being just four places and ten points better off.

Bermudan international Wells was one of the Football League's worst-keep secrets after scoring 42 times in just 65 league starts for Bradford City before joining the Terriers in the January transfer window.

Scoring the winner on his debut for the club against Millwall was as good a start to life at the Galpharm Stadium as Wells could have hoped for and the 23-year-old has scored six more in 20 starts for the club to take him up to 22 for the season in all competitions..

Part of the Bantams side which reached the 2013 League Cup final, Wells joined the Terriers for a club record fee, which had previously stood at £1.2m since 1996.

Midfielder Adam Clayton has been an integral cog in the side this term, the former Manchester City and Leeds United man helping himself to seven from the centre of midfield.

A former England Under-20 international, Clayton signed from Leeds in the summer of 2012, despite establishing himself as a regular in the Whites' midfield during the 2011/12 campaign.

Dangerous shooting from distance, the 25-year-old has scored 11 times for the Terriers in 83 league starts since his move across Yorkshire.

Instantly recognisable thanks to his bushy beard until a week ago, the all-action midfielder dyed his facial hair blue and white for Town's final home game of the season, raising over £3000 for charity before finally shaving following the 2-0 loss to Leicester City.

Clayton was subject of a £1m transfer offer from Championship rivals Brighton in January, but the Terriers turned down the Seagulls' bid in retain one of their key players.

Town are without Vaughan due to a knee injury, whilst Keith Southern is also sidelined with a groin problem.

Terriers boss Robins has revealed that he will make "one or two" changes as he assesses his squad ahead of the transfer window.

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