Chris reviews single goal loss at Derby
Huddersfield Town Manager Chris Powell was proud of his side’s recent achievements as the seven game unbeaten run came to an end at Derby County’s iPRO Stadium on Tuesday evening.
Town left Derbyshire on the back of a 3-2 defeat against the Rams – a first loss in eight – and Powell believes his side could have got something from the game.
“Losing is not a good feeling, but I have to look back on our unbeaten run with a lot of pride. Even tonight at times I can be proud.
“We didn’t have the greatest of starts, but we got back in it and Harry Bunn scored a really good equaliser. We then conceded just before half-time and although it looked a controversial goal, fair play to the officials because the assistant got it spot on. Going in at 1-1 would have given us a really good platform, but it wasn’t to be.
“We had some really good chances in the second-half. Equally so did they, but Nahki (Wells) had one blocked on the line; Danny (Ward) had a shot, Martin Paterson a chance, Harry Bunn hit one over the bar; we did have chances. We could have got ourselves back in it, but it wasn’t to be – they got their third before we scored with the last kick of the game.
“We came here tonight and were brave in playing with two strikers. It could have paid off, but in the end it hasn’t. We’ll learn from it.”
Chris believes that the players will bounce back from the defeat to the promotion contenders:
“When I walked in the dressing room after the game, you could hear a pin drop – we haven’t had that for a long time. In a way I’m quite happy they’ve responded like that because, like me, they don’t like losing. I’ve told them that although I’m rightly upset with the result, I’m proud of what they’ve done.
“It’s always hard away at Derby – even after losing their last couple, they are a really good side. They have more experience of playing in this League; we have young Harry Bunn, Tommy Smith and Conor Coady just getting started in the Championship. Derby is a side that I feel will be in the top six come the end of the season, whilst we know we have some way to go. That’s what we have to aim for in the future, but we still have to establish ourselves in the Championship – I don’t want anyone running away with anything.”
Radi Majewski got an assist on his first appearance under Powell’s management, whereas fellow subs Danny Ward and Martin Paterson also had late chances – something to give the Manager some food for thought ahead of the weekend trip to London.
“People like Wardy, Radi and Pato haven’t had much game time, but it’s been tough as the lads in the team have been doing the business. I brought them on tonight to have a look at them and maybe save one or two legs ahead of Saturday.
“The result is a real shame tonight, but I’m quite pleased with everyone’s efforts. The support was good too, but sadly the run has come to an end. We now have to dust ourselves down, recover and go again against Fulham.”