CHRIS POWELL has hailed the impact of loan talisman Emyr Huws, who added to his blossoming reputation with his fourth goal in three matches in Huddersfield Town colours to rescue a point in a 1-1 home draw with Nottingham Forest.
The Welshman fired in a long-range strike which deflected in off Jack Hobbs in the 85th minute to extend Town’s unbeaten run to three games and move them up to 13th spot in the Championship - and cancel out Ryan Mendes’ first-half opener.
Huws, who joined on a season-long loan on August 27 from Wigan Athletic, is already Town’s top-scorer and Powell believes there is even more to come from the midfielder, who suffered a serious ankle injury at the start of the calendar year.
Powell said: “What an impact he has made for us.
“His name has been up in lights not once, not twice, but four times.
“He’s still working his way to fitness. But when you are a new player joining a new club, whether it is on loan or permanently, you want to make your mark early.
“So I think he’s done that!”
While Huws took many plaudits again following his weekend brace in the 4-1 win over Bolton, Powell says that a miraculous goalline block from ex-Barnsley defender Martin Cranie just before Huws’s leveller was also a major moment - calling it a turning point in the match last night.
Cranie blocked Chris O’Grady’s follow-up after sub Chris Burke’s shot hit the post, with Town going onto restore parity at the other end through Huws.
Powell, whose side are next in action in another televised game at Wolves a week tomorrow, added: “We started off well and the first 20 minutes was very good and the players were in a good place from the last two results.
“They scored out of the blue with their only shot of the first half. But what we needed was not to panic.
“I think over the course of the ninety minutes, the draw was the least we deserved. We kept probing and trying to do the right things.
“The big turning point was when they hit the post and Martin Cranie put his body on the line and stopped it and we went up the other end and scored.
“There was a lot to like about the game, with Nahki Wells coming on and Joe Lolley making an impact.”