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POWELL: WE WERE SECOND BEST

28 February 2015

Chris reviews the 3-0 defeat at Charlton

Huddersfield Town Manager Chris Powell admitted his side ‘never got going’ during today’s 3-0 defeat at Charlton Athletic.

Chris explained: “We were second best all day; we never got ourselves going. There’s no excuse – we just didn’t perform. That’s a shame, because we’ve earned good points on the road recently through good performances and today we let ourselves down. My team didn’t really reflect what I want from them and the players know they didn’t do themselves justice. We were below our normal standards today. 

“The ground was packed today and these are the atmospheres the boys want to play in. However, it wasn’t really us today. We did work (Stephen) Henderson once or twice – he made two good saves at good times – but they looked dangerous. Their front two were lively and we never really got to grips with it over the course of the 90 minutes.

“We all struggled today. We looked at the side and introduced Tom (Smith) and Conor (Coady) to try and inject a bit of energy. They did that to be fair, along with young Joe (Lolley), but it was all too little, too late. 

“One of Henderson’s saves came at 2-0 but then four minutes later Charlton went up the other end and got their third, which really knocked the stuffing out of us.”

Chris reserved praise for the 2,100 Town fans in attendance at the Valley, who backed the team vocally throughout the 90 minutes:

“The Huddersfield Town fans here were great – they were signing non-stop all the way to the end – but we didn’t give them enough today for the long journey down and back home.” 

Now the Terriers have another game in London to prepare for – Tuesday night’s trip to Brentford.

Powell continued: “Today’s result doesn’t change our approach at Brentford. We’ll have to take stock on the boys and see how they are fitness-wise after the journey home. We’ll plan and prepare as always and approach the game with energy, looking to do ourselves more justice than we did today.”

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