Two of Huddersfield Town’s leading defenders have asked for patience from fans as the Terriers attempt to integrate a new formation at the back.
Mark Robins’ side adopted a 3-5-2 set-up against promotion-favourites QPR last Saturday and contained Harry Redknapp’s expensively-assembled side to just one goal.
As they prepare for the trip to Millwall, both centre-back Peter Clarke and right-back Jack Hunt stressed that the new approach is far from the finished article.
Club captain Clarke, 31, said: “The system is new so it is still a work in progress. The early signs have been good but there is still plenty of room for improvement.
“Three at the back and the bodies in the middle of the park gives us more options for the men ahead of us to get on the ball.
“The staff seem happy with the options we have got at the back and it is good that the three of us are playing together and it is starting to gel well.”
Hunt was introduced as a second-half substitute last week into a reverted flat back four as Robins sought to contain Junior Hoilett.
Hunt said: “It doesn’t really matter to me if we play 3-5-2 or 4-4-2 because I can still get up and down either way, although 3-5-2 gives me a little bit more freedom with protection behind me.
“We do look solid with three at the back and we keep the ball a lot better.
“We did a lot of work on it pre-season but people have to be a bit patient with us because the transition to what the manager wants us to do is something we are not used to. We are going to make mistakes because we are new to it, so people have to be patient.”
Town head to the New Den today in search of their first League win of the campaign.
After last year’s relegation fight, Hunt knows that setting ambitious targets could be unwise, given the strength and unpredictability of the division.
“I think the main thing this season will be staying in the Championship and anything else will be a bonus,” he said.
“You can take no-one for granted, you can win five games on the bounce or lose five games on the bounce in what seems like two minutes, so you never know.”
Clarke added: “We are not going to set any targets because we could over-achieve on those targets or we may fall short.”