after heading into the international break on a high thanks to taking seven points from a possible nine, manager Chris Powell could have been forgiven for wanting Huddersfield Town to be back in action straight away.
But, after taking advantage of a fortnight without a match, the Terriers’ manager admits that plenty of hard work on the training field means he has been able to put more of his own stamp on a squad he inherited just 45 days ago.
To Town fans already encouraged by the victories over Millwall and Wolverhampton Wanderers plus a battling draw at Blackburn Rovers that preceded the break, the thought of Powell having time to implement a few more of his ideas must be a tantalising one.
“We have seen the flowering of the team defensively and we have given ourselves a good base now,” said Powell about his side’s last three outings.
“I am a perfectionist and I will never be 100 per cent happy. To me, there is always room for improvement. But things have come together very well on and off the field over the last few weeks.
“This is a terrific club that I am getting to know very quickly. We have some excellent people working very hard to ensure we can bring success to Huddersfield Town, both on the pitch and off it.
“The international break has given us time to let the players recuperate from a typically difficult Championship schedule.
“But it has also given me another chance to get on the training field with the squad and the technical staff and put more of my stamp on the team.
“That is nothing drastic. It is just making some slight adjustments that, all being well, will help us improve even further on the great performances the team put in to secure the points over the last week (before the international break).”
One of the changes that Powell has made is handing the captaincy to Mark Hudson.
The defender, who inherits the armband from Lee Peltier, said: “It is an honour and something I wouldn’t turn down. I like to lead by example and being a voice on and off the pitch.”