HUDDERSFIELD TOWN manager Chris Powell today urged his players not to rest on their laurels following a first win of the season in midweek.
The Terriers moved out of the relegation zone on Tuesday night with a 2-1 triumph at Powell’s former club, Charlton Athletic.
With Bolton Wanderers due at the John Smith’s Stadium tomorrow and Nottingham Forest the following Thursday, Town have a chance to build on that first victory.
Speaking at his weekly press briefing at the club’s Canalside training ground, Powell said: “Getting that first win was a hurdle we had to overcome. Maybe it was a touch of fate that it came at Charlton, especially after what happened last season.
“But it had been close. The thing is, though, you can’t keep saying that. You have to put a total performance in and be fully committed over the course of 90 minutes.
“We’d had good hours in games when we hadn’t really capitalised. It meant we didn’t have the stat that really counts - and that is wins.
“The key now is not to get carried away. It is one win and the first one, which is a relief. But we have to now build on that by doing more of the same. I have total belief in this group of players.”
Mark Hudson (ankle) and Joe Murphy (calf) will miss both the coming two home games along with James Vaughan, who could be back in seven to ten days according to Powell.
Jonathan Hogg will be assessed by the Town fitness staff after missing the midweek trip to south London.
Powell added: “We can’t get carried away. But we have to start our season somewhere. Ideally, it is on the first day but that first win has come now.
“The signs have been there but we just never got it over the line. There is no point doing that and then dropping your levels again. The group is ready for the challenge.
“We need to make our home ground a real fortress, starting with these two home games in the coming week.”