Cardiff v Huddersfield reaction

Rhodes did not play in Friday night’s 1-0 defeat against Cardiff

on the Terriers’ return to the Championship, with Grayson

explaining the striker had picked up a hamstring injury with

Scotland in midweek.

Reports continue to link Rhodes with a move to Blackburn or

Fulham, but Grayson insisted the player is injured, and made it

clear he will not be going anywhere on the cheap.

Grayson said: “He has got a hamstring strain. He came back from

Scotland on Thursday morning, he travelled down with us but he felt

it was a bit tight.

“He had an MRI scan this afternoon in Cardiff and it is a grade

one tear. There is another game on Tuesday and he is 50/50 for

that.”

He added: “There is so much speculation over him, but he isn’t

going anywhere.

“You can never say never, (Robin) Van Persie has just gone to

Manchester United and Arsenal are one of the biggest teams in the

Premier League.

“Players have all got a price. If anyone offers the right money

for Jordan we would have to consider it, but we are so far away

from our valuation why would we sell him? He is a such a great

commodity.

“They have to be serious bids if they want to take him.”

Even without their star striker, Huddersfield looked assured on

their return to the second tier, with midfielder Oliver Norwood

excelling.

The former Manchester United man forced two great saves from man

of the match David Marshall, while Scott Arfield also went

close.

But they were denied a deserved point when Bluebirds skipper

Mark Hudson struck the winner in injury time.

Grayson believes the performance has shown his side can compete

in the Championship.

He said: “The players can look back on their performance with a

lot of pride.

“We had quality in possession, and everything we had worked on

to nullify the positive side of Cardiff worked, and it’s a very

cruel way to lose.

“Their goalkeeper was man of the match which shows how well we

played, we are disappointed but we know if we perform like that

over the rest of the season we will be all right.”

Cardiff boss Malky Mackay was delighted to see his side sneak a

win when they were some way below their best, with Craig Bellamy

and Peter Whittingham having very little influence on the game, and

mark their first competitive outing in their controversial red home

shirt with three points.

He said: “It’s always lovely to score late as it gives the

opposition such little time to respond.

“We had to be patient tonight because of the way they played

with a lot of men behind the ball, they are a team who have come

into the division with momentum and it was never going to be

easy.

“I thought we stuck in there and got our reward in the end. I

have got to give Huddersfield credit but they were always likely to

tire and when that happens you find yourself with

opportunities.”