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POWELL: TODAY WAS IMMENSE

10 January 2015

Chris reviews the 3-1 win over Watford

Huddersfield Town Manager Chris Powell was a very happy man after his team defeated promotion-chasing Watford 3-1 at the John Smith’s Stadium.

“We obviously like it at home, because apart from one or two performances here we’ve been first class,” Chris said after the full-time whistle. 

“I went to watch Watford last week. I was obviously disappointed after the Reading performance and I went to Chelsea and watched Watford and recognised that they had a very good team. 

“They’ve built a good squad and they’re very fortunate in the links that they have with Grenada and Udinese, but we had belief that our players are at the same level. I have put it on record here that I think we have a number of players that can play at a higher level, so while I’ve got them I’ve got to do my best to motivate them and get as much as I can out of them. You’ve got to set them up and give them the tactics, coaching and man management.

“We spoke about Watford and planned for them early in the week. I was really pleased with our week’s training and I was hoping the performance and result would follow. 

“I thought the performance today was immense. We’ve had a good week and we got our tactics and our set up right. Both strikers scored and then we got a wonder goal, which is most probably our ‘Goal of the Season’. If we mix up our play and are aggressive in the right way, we’ll continue to score goals. Today is how we have to play. 

“I thought we were the better team in the first-half and even though we didn’t have the end product, we still had a cutting edge through ‘Scanz’ and one or two chances for James Vaughan and Nahki Wells; it was working.

“At half-time we told the players it was definitely a game to be won if we did things right.”

Town had to fight back after Watford equalised to make it 1-1 with a goal Alex Smithies would have been disappointed with.

Chris explained: “Alex has saved us numerous times this year. He apologised after the game but there was no need because he has earned us points on his own already this season. 

“After that Vaughany’s goal was impetuous and the third goal was worthy of winning any goal at any level. We came through today with flying colours.”

Chris reserved special praise for today’s Man of the Match and goal-scorer Nahki Wells:

“I thought Nahki’s hold-up play and touches were outstanding today. He’s a player who can really excel at this level and we’re working with him and Vaughany, because we need that to work.”

Town are back on the road for the next two games and Powell’s next target is to improve the away form: 

“Now we need to do our best to transfer this type of performance to games away from home. That will allow us to keep looking up rather than down, because things can change quickly. 

“The League is so tight so, even though we have a number of tough games coming up, why not look up? Let’s see what we can do.”

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