Date: 15th March 2015 at 7:11pm
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Following the one all draw yesterday with Birmingham City, manager Chris Powell has praised the ‘steely determination’ of the Huddersfield team.

Huddersfield fell behind to an early tenth minute goal from the home side, but were on level terms as the clocked ticked past the half hour mark thanks to a Joe Lolley goal, and a pleased Powell told the Official Site that he felt it was a worthy point based on our efforts over the course of the game.

‘I haven`t smiled after a game for a while, but I have to say that today was a very good response from our players after a horrendous week and three defeats. I thought we set the tone from minute one and undeservedly went a goal behind, as I felt we were on the front foot and took the game to the home side. We started to pass the ball again, which we`ve shied away from recently for whatever reason. The training this week has been focussed and positive ahead of a 10 game mini-season for us.’

Hear Powell Following Birmingham Draw (click here)

Having fallen behind and having already said he felt it was against the run of play, he went on to say that he was delighted to see the players not change their approach to the match as they carried on doing what they had been doing well and as well as grabbing the equaliser before the half time break he felt we could’ve been ahead.

‘We could have been two or three up at half-time; Joel Lynch had a good header saved by Darren Randolph and Jacob Butterfield flashed one across the area. We had opportunities, but it wasn`t to be. The game ebbed and flowed in the second-half. I thought there was a steely determination about the team all day, which we knew we needed; Birmingham has been on a good run and we knew it would be tough against a confident team.’

Birmingham Match Stats (click here)

With a number of good individual performances getting his attention, the gaffer picked out our goal scorer and the skipper for particular attention in his after match interviews.

‘I thought our performance was encapsulated by the Captain, Mark Hudson. I always speak first, but all week he has been a leader. Joe is from the Birmingham area, so I`m sure he had family and friends here! He`s a real natural talent and I`m keen to see the day when he can last all 90 minutes. His rise to become a Championship footballer is quite amazing and we`re trying to get his talent seen on the pitch on a regular basis.’

As for Lolley, Powell admits that his hangup at the moment is the nervous energy he has because of his excitement on the pitch, and once he can be more composed and reign himself in he really thinks he’ll explode at this level – but he knows that’s natural for any player and it’s just part of the learning curve and their development.

With nine games left this season now, Powell is hoping the team can maintain these standards rather than the slip ups in recent times and having commented he felt we could’ve won the game in the first half – or at least taken the lead – he’s happy with another point on the board.

‘I`ve got to be happy with a point, but I would have been happier with three. Considering what has gone on in the last three games, it`s something for us to build on. We now have to keep that level of performance going in the remaining nine games. We`re better on the front foot; when we`re not, we are not a good side. We need to start positively, pass, move and get in the final third and we hadn`t done that enough in recent games. We have young men here who are quite inexperienced on the whole and it`s been a steep learning curve.’

With Tuesday night’s encounter against Norwich City coming up quickly, Powell said that both Harry Bunn and Jack Robinson will have to be assessed to determine their fitness with both going off injured in the game.

Bunn felt his hamstring and Robinson jarred his knee.

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