Danny Cowley backs Huddersfield Town to find necessary response to ensure SkyBet Championship survival

AFTER Huddersfield Town started their Championship campaign with seven defeats from eight games, Danny Cowley admits it was never going to be realistic for his side to sew up their survival with three fixtures remaining.

Huddersfield Town boss Danny Cowley tries to get his instructions across to his players on a frustrating night at the John Smith's Stadium on Friday night. Picture Bruce Rollinson

The Terriers had to wait until their 10th league outing of the season before picking up their first win which came via a 1-0 success at Stoke City. Huddersfield fell to a disappointing 2-0 loss at home to Luton Town on Friday night, but with sides below them also dropping points, their destiny still remains in their own hands.

Three difficult tests await, however, as they face Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night before hosting West Bromwich Albion ahead of a trip toMillwall.

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“There are three very important games to go, we only had one point after eight games, it was never going to be finished with three games to go,” insisted Cowley.

“We weren’t going to be able to enjoy three dead-rubbers, it is just not reality. It wasn’t going to happen. It was always going to be really, really tough and it was always going to go to the end.

“We have fought ridiculously hard to get to 47 points and within touching distance to get ourselves safe.”

The Terriers struggled to break down the Hatters well-organised defence on Friday night, as Sonny Bradley and Elliot Lee struck in the second half to keep the visitors’ own survival hopes alive.

However, Cowley feels the Terriers may have more joy in attacking areas in their remaining fixtures.

Andrew Shinnie closes down Huddersfield Town's Frazier Campbell at the John Smith's Stadium on Friday night Picture: Bruce Rollinson

“Sheffield Wednesday are a good team and then we have West Brom and Millwall away, they are all tough,” he said.

“But we have picked up points against teams who play a bit more offensively, that helps us. We have struggled against teams towards the bottom of the league who sit in and we haven’t been able to find the creativity to break those teams down.

“It is not fatal. We have been down before and we have always found a way to respond.”

A win against Luton may have been enough for Huddersfield to all-but secure safety after Hull City fell to a 1-0 defeat at Millwall.

Cowley is grateful the quick turnaround gives his side a chance to right the wrongs from Friday.

He added: “I wouldn’t want to live on this performance for seven days. We need to look at the performance and we need to learn from it. We weren’t good enough against Luton, nowhere good enough.”

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