Date: 6th March 2015 at 11:44am
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Manager Chris Powell has demanded a reaction from the players in the game against Rotherham, following the hugely disappointing showing against Brentford.

On the back of a four one defeat to Brentford in the midweek fixture, Powell called on the team directly after the game to ‘stick their chests out’ and find the consistency that we need to see the season out in a strong fashion – playing as we know we can.

Speaking to the Official Site ahead of the weekend’s game against Rotherham he has built on that but also given an injury update ahead of the game.

‘Joel Lynch is training now, which is good for him. Obviously he’s been out a number of weeks so we will monitor him. Nahki Wells is doing some light training but we are still likely to be without him. Jack Robinson has got a slight knee problem but we’re hoping that the extra 24 hours without training will help him, we’ll have to see how he recovers.’

Powell went on to admit that we did have a few bumps and bruises from the last game, but they weren’t serious and he was hopeful they’d all be passed as fit today ahead of the game.

If not, it’s an opportunity for some of the younger players to step up, look to impress and increase their own experience.

‘That’s why they’re here, that’s why they’re employed by the club. They’re football players who have to come under consideration, whether that’s through injuries or their own good play in training pushing me to play them.’

With Huddersfield now sitting eleven points clear of the dropzone, Powell went on to say that we had to see a reaction to Brentford because with games left to play we certainly aren’t out of the mix and we need to add to our points tally.

‘You’re never safe until 46 games are done. You’ve got to look at all eventualities and I’m not relying on anyone else but ourselves. We must do what we have to do and not rely on others failing to win games, because you can get caught out. Sadly for us this season, from when the first ball was kicked, defending has been a problem. We’ve conceded too many goals whether we’ve played a back four or three. Whether it’s been as a team or individually, we have made too many mistakes. I’m not going to shy away from that.’

The frustrating thing for Powell is he says that’s not good enough when you have the creative spark we have as it does undermine your attacking efforts and with the goals we have scored, if we could’ve kept more clean sheets we’d be a lot higher up the league.

‘We’re still got eleven games to go to make that better, just for our own sanity. I want us to be better. I like my squad, but of course I want to be better and we have to look at ways of making improvements. We quite clearly have to improve defensively.’

With seven goals conceded in the last two games, 60 in total for the season the defensive issues are clear to see.

‘Rotherham will come here knowing that Wigan has just started to pick up a couple of results. They will be thinking they have to do something. They had a poor result last time out, so whether Steve Evans makes changes or not we will have to see. However, it doesn’t matter who the opposition is – it’s about us. We have to carry on and get results. We’re up against it mentality wise because of the last two games but we’ve got to come through the other end. We need a reaction. We need a response.’

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