No one would have predicted a six of the best caning - even from a top team - and the Rs head coach know he needs a quick return to the August form that put Hoops in the top two.
James Perch went off on Tuesday night to abort his debut in right midfield as JFH hoped to protect his right flank.
A scan will determine how long he’s out - but the immediate future looks somewhat bleak for the former Magpies defender.
The game is also going to pass by striker Sebastian Polter - nursing a glute strain.
However, central defender Massimo Luongo now available again following illness and will be included in the squad. Long term injuries to Jack Robinson, Ben Gladwin and Jamie Mackie keep them on the side-lines.
Steven Caulker also laboured at the end of the Magpies massacre clutching the back of his leg.
Therefore, last-minute sub and £1.5m signing Lynch is ready to show what his old Huddersfield team is missing.
Conor Washington was a forlorn figure up top starved of service, and maybe, finally, this is the opportunity to give Idrissa Sylla a start from the off.
Therefore, this is the GetWestLondon predicted team. Do you agree? By using our interactive team above you can pick your starting XI for a tough clash at the John Smith's Stadium.
Onuoha, Lynch, Hall, Bidwell
N’Gbakoto, Luongo, Wszolek