Chris reviews the Capital One Cup defeat
- Chris Powell reviews Capital One Cup defeat
- Town Manager says players on the pitch should have been good enough to win
- Chris demanding a reaction on Saturday
Huddersfield Town Manager Chris Powell gave his assessment of the 2-1 Capital One Cup defeat at home to League 2 Notts County after the final whistle:
“It’s tough to take. We’re out of the Cup so early when I wanted some kind of cup run to happen for us, so it’s disappointing. It’s not a great evening for us.
“I didn’t want to make too many changes from the team that played at the weekend because I wanted us to be strong and to get through, but we’ve let ourselves down.
“This result should not have happened. We should have had enough on the pitch. I gave people a chance to play at the John Smith’s and they have to perform. They need to create the thought in my mind that they are good enough to play on any given Saturday and it didn’t happen. At times we showed some good quality, but it wasn’t enough. That gives me food for thought moving forward.
“We really needed to turn the screw when we had the chances, which we did have. We definitely could have scored more goals this evening and we had to be clinical. We need to work the goalkeeper and keep knocking on the door.
“Roy Carroll rolled back the years to make a few saves and then they score one of the best goals I’ve seen in a long time; quite an instinctive effort. We shouldn’t have let them back in to do that, though. That gave them something to hold onto.
“We had to inject a bit of quality and get some different ideas on the pitch, which we did with Jordy and Jacob (Butterfield). We wanted them to come on and spark something off as it wasn’t happening with the players on there, but it was hard for them.
“The pressure is now on us to perform and deliver something against Blackburn on Saturday. We’ve got to fight through it. I will back my players and make sure the eleven that go out there do their best to produce for us.
“These players are good enough, definitely, but they need to get going now. The players will be hurting after this result and they know they have to react and show some character, because our fans pay good money to see their team win. They have to step up on Saturday afternoon, as I’ve told them.”