Yorkshire latest: Dawson rarely in first-team training under Hockaday, Higdon backed to be stronger

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Hockaday didn't include Dawson in first-team

David Hockaday rarely include Chris Dawson in Leeds United first-team training when at the club, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post

The head-coach, whose spell at Elland Road was famously short, left Dawson training predominantly with the under-21's when he was in-charge.

Since his departure the 20-year-old has been a regular in first-team training and, after some excellent form in the development squad's matches, he is now pushing for a start under new manager Darko Milanic.

Gray wants defender goals

Stuart Gray says that he wants Sheffield Wednesday's defence to start chipping in with goals.

The Owls have a sturdy defensive line, but Gray is not entirely satisfied by just keeping clean-sheets as he wants them to start hitting the back of the net at the other end.

“The two last two goals that we conceded, I’m still a little peeved about if I’m honest,” he said to the Sheffield Star. “I’m always sending the message to the players that they need to put the ball into the box when they get chance because you never know what’s going to happen."

Powell expects Majewski to be ready

Huddersfield Town boss Chris Powell has hinted that a first start for Radoslaw Majewski under his stewardship could be in the pipe-line.

The Nottingham Forest loanee has been sidelined since Powell's arrival, but the Terriers manager believes that the midfielder will be ready to step-up when called upon.

“I have had a good chat with Radi, whose attitude has been excellent, and I would have no qualms about putting him in the team," he said to the Examiner.

“He is a likeable bloke, he’s here for the season and he’s an important member of the squad who will get his chance."

“Radi has to make sure he is ready whenever that chace comes, and I think he will be."

Higdon better after ban

Nigel Clough has backed Michael Higdon to be a revitalised player after his ban.

The Sheffield United summer signing has been forced to watch from the sidelines after picking up a red card against Chesterfield and Clough believes the extra-work he has been doing on the training field during this period will benefit him when he returns.

“Michael only has a one [match] left [of his ban] and he’s showing a lot more in training now," he said to the Sheffield Telegraph. "He does all the normal first-team sessions and then, in the afternoons, he does extra with the under-21’s."

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