Town’s Manager on tonight’s 3-1 win at Wolves
Huddersfield Town Manager Chris Powell said his players executed the game-plan perfectly in tonight’s brilliant 3-1 win at high-flying Wolves.
The Terriers became the first side to win at Molineux in 2014 thanks to goals from Harry Bunn, Sean Scannell and Conor Coady, with Powell changing the shape to excellent affect.
That change of shape meant that top scorer Nahki Wells was among the substitutes in the Midlands, with Powell explaining his thinking to htafc.com:
“It was a big call because obviously young Nahki scored two goals to earn us the win on Saturday, but I looked at Wolves on Sunday and felt this was the right way for us to go.
“It’s tactics – that’s what I’m paid to do. It’s a big call obviously and managers live and die by them, but it’s how we get results and sitting here now it was the right call. Nahki is a fantastic player and he’ll be scoring goals for us, no doubt, but there are times that I will change the shape, as I did on Saturday and again tonight. That’s what I’m paid to do and if I get it right more often than not, it goes for you.
“I thought the players, to a man, got the game-plan completely right, apart from the very start of the game when Wolves hit the outside of the post. They also had a flurry in the second-half, but I thought we were good value for the three points this evening.
“Every player did their part. Grant Holt knows the game and is showing everyone he can make a difference, as he did for the first two goals. He kept their defenders busy all night.
“I thought our back five and midfielders dovetailed really well and I’m pleased for the two wide players, who both scored. I’m trying to get the best out of Sean Scannell and he got a goal this evening, whereas Harry Bunn is going from strength to strength. I thought Jacob Butterfield was excellent too; he’s a creative player and broke well.
“I can keep going on. Conor Coady is playing like an experienced midfielder, but he’s only a young man. I’m really proud of all 18 tonight and everyone connected with our club, because it’s a great victory given what a good job Kenny (Jackett) has been doing here. I’m really pleased with the efforts of the players.
“You can see the togetherness of the players in the way they celebrated the third goal. I’m learning about them and the Club and I am giving them as much direction as they can, putting them into games in a manner they feel comfortable.
“To do that tonight and secure back-to-back wins, especially in the position we’ve been in, is very pleasing. Just like Saturday, we can’t savour it for too long because we go to Blackburn at the weekend.”