CARLOS CORBERAN is no mood to relax in the final weeks of the Championship season, insisting Huddersfield Town have not yet done enough to ensure their survival.
The Terriers took a huge step to securing their second-tier status for another campaign when they completed the league double over Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Saturday.
The result moved them onto 47 points with four games remaining but Corberan does not feel the teams below them can be counted out yet.
“It is clear with 47 points that it is not going to be enough,” he insisted.
“We still have four games left and we will need more points, so our concentration will need to be the same as it was against Forest in the rest of our games.”
Huddersfield’s destiny is firmly in their own hands as they face fixtures against Barnsley, Blackburn Rovers, Coventry City and Reading.
The Terriers produced a fine display in Nottingham on Saturday.
They weathered a tough opening quarter but then got a foothold in the game before Aaron Rowe raced onto a loose ball and finished expertly in first-half stoppage time for his first Championship goal.
Juninho Bacuna thundered a shot into the top corner in the second half as Huddersfield withstood some pressure from their hosts in the latter stages of the contest.
“What brought us the win was more confidence in ourselves,” reflected the Terriers boss.
“We need to continue going the way we competed against Forest.
“Anytime to relax is going to be impossible for us because 47 points can’t be enough.
“We know getting points in the Championship is always a high challenge.
“We have tough opponents to play and we need to add a higher number of points as fast as possible.”
The welcome win – which was only their third in 20 games – was made more positive by the return of Harry Toffolo to the starting line-up.
The left-back has spent the last two and a half months out injured but played just over an hour on Saturday. Josh Koroma also returned to the match-day squad after a lengthy lay-off but did not appear from the bench.
“He only trained with the group one day before,” said Corberan when questioned on Toffolo’s surprise inclusion.
“On Thursday, he was doing individual training but despite having only those two sessions, he was ready to compete. It says how important Harry is for us and how important it is to have players with this type of mentality.”
On Koroma’s fitness, he added: “His injury was too long to allow us to think he could start.
“His injury was a muscle injury, every type of injury we need to manage in different ways.
“With some players there could be more risk putting them back on the pitch.”
One blow for Huddersfield could be a potential injury to top-scorer Fraizer Campbell.
The 33-year-old striker was substituted in the first half with a shoulder problem but Corberan hopes it won’t be serious.
He added: “He started to feel uncomfortable with his shoulder so he had to come off.
“We are going to see what happens, if he can continue helping us or if he is going to miss some time with the team.
“We hope he that he will be with us because we know how important his mentality is for us.”
Huddersfield have struggled for consistent performances for much of the season.
The victory on Saturday was their first in five games and only their third since the turn of the year.
They have won back-to-back league games on just two occasions and Corberan wants to strike the right balance with training and rest in the final weeks.
“What we have been doing in the last few weeks has been increasing the recovery,” he said.
“In this period of the year, sometimes the more you train means you are in worse shape when you arrive to for the games.
“Now we need to find the right balance between preparation and recovery.
“It is very important to manage these moments.”
Nottingham Forest: Samba; Christie, Worrall, McKenna, Blackett; Yates (Cafu 63), Garner, Knockaert (Freeman 81), Krovinovic (Taylor 64), Mighten, Grabban (Murray 81). Unused substitutes: Smith, Ribeiro, Soh, Colback, Jenkinson.
Huddersfield Town: Schofield; Pipa (Brown 84), Keogh, Sarr, Toffolo (Edmonds-Green 66); O’Brien, Hogg; Holmes (High 83), Bacuna, Rowe; Campbell (Ward 41). Unused substitutes: Pereira, Stearman Aarons, Koroma, Thomas.
Referee: A Woolmer (Northamptonshire)
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