Date: 28th April 2015 at 1:59pm
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Manager Chris Powell has aid he was delighted with the attitude of the players in the two all draw with Blackburn Rovers at the weekend.

Having trailed two nil and looked to be going into the half time break behind by that scoreline, Jacob Butterfield made it a one goal game just prior and then Joe Lolley hit back with only six minutes remaining of normal time to secure us a valuable point and complete the fightback.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game, Powell said he was delighted to see the team close the home season out on a high, albeit a draw, because he felt the fans had seen a very good performance on the day.

‘We know we have a duty to wear the shirt with pride and to do our best to entertain, especially at home. With today`s initiative pioneered by Dean Hoyle, we had a lot of fans here today that we want to come back again and we wanted to give them what they want. It was a good day all round when you think of value for money. Oscar did well again, young Joe Wilkinson made his debut and Joe Lolley scored his first at home. There were a lot of good ingredients today and we just need to eliminate some small details. We deserved at least a point, but on the balance of play I think we should have got three.’

With Huddersfield falling behind on the day, Powell admits that given we were on the front foot being a goal down for him was against the run of play and seeing us two down was a bizarre set of circumstances in his mind.

‘We got the tempo we wanted, created the chances and could have gone ahead in the very first minute. Ishmael was having joy down our left-hand channel. We kept going and got the goal through Jacob, which gave us a chance. However, we had settled into their tempo a little bit as things progressed and I told the players that at half-time. That doesn`t work for us; we need to be on the front foot and aggressive in our play. The attitude of the players was good. We kept going, which I always demand.’

With Academy graduate and first year professional Wilkinson making his first professional debut in the game, Powell was very pleased with his performance on the day even though he was out of position at right back, as by trade he’s a centre half and coming up against Rudy Gestede and Jordan Rhodes at times (both players scored their 20 league goal of the campaign in the match) Powell knew would be a great learning curve for the lad as he continues his own development.

‘It`s good for him to get his senior debut. I called his parents to make sure they knew, but I didn`t tell Joe he was playing until lunchtime as I didn`t want him staying up all night! I`m pleased for him, as it`s always a nerve-racking experience.’

One thing about his introduction that Powell liked was how the more experienced players supported and helped him out as it was also exactly what he wanted to see from the seniors when he’s bring youngsters in.

‘The players all supported him and helped him out. He made some good decisions today and at other times he looked nervy, but that`s to be expected. He got the support he needed from the staff, players and the crowd. On the hour mark he got a bit of cramp, which is to be expected with nervous energy. Regardless he played his part in the game. Let`s hope it`s the first game of many.’

With Blackpool up next to finish the season off completely, the gaffer also wouldn’t rule out giving somebody else their professional bow at the club but he wasn’t going to say who was in his mind.

‘There will be a lot going on next week and it might not be the perfect environment for young lads to make their debuts, but we`ll look at it. There are some other lads who need a start like Jonathan Hogg and James Vaughan. I`d love to rest Mark Hudson too and maybe I will. Hopefully I can get the right balance that lets us continue the unbeaten run.’

With the season almost done and dusted now, Powell was obviously pleased to see us hit this current run of form, and secure Championship survival but he knows we could’ve and should’ve had more points on the board, but with improvements being seen hopefully we can look forward to a more positive 2015-16.

‘We should have a few more points this season and this match, together with Derby last week, are two more we can reflect on as games we should have won. However, there are definitely positives from our play that I can take forward to next season to make us better. Regardless of what side we ask him to play on, Sean Scannell just gets on with it; his work ethic is excellent and he can be devastating from the left too. Jacob Butterfield has had a good season too. Those two lads epitomise what I want. I could keep going, because so many players have played their part; the front players have scored vital goals, for example. It has taken time, but we`ve created a good environment once we sorted out the squad.’

Ending his interview, he was full of praise for the fans who have stuck with the side through some down times and he definitely appreciated that.

‘The supporters have a big role to play. There`s a feel-good factor with the fans, who want to see us go for it in games. Sometimes that will work for us and sometimes it won`t, but as long as we all stick together through the ups and the downs I will be a happy man. I`d like to thank the home fans, as I think they`ve been terrific – especially when we had a bit of a downturn in form. That is when you need the support and I think we got it. That`s important to me, so thank you for that. I hope that support continues next week and into next season.’

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