Huddersfield Town boss: We must ‘go for the jugular’ in the last 10 matches
Mar 15 2010 by Dougie Thomson, Huddersfield Daily Examiner
LEE CLARK bemoaned the concession of three “very preventable” goals in 17 minutes but insisted Town have what it takes to win promotion from League I this season, saying: “In the 10 games left, we need to go for the jugular.”
Saturday’s 3-1 home loss at the hands of leaders Norwich, combined with a 1-0 win for Swindon at Brighton, leaves the Galpharm side one place but five points off the play-off zone.
And both Colchester, in fifth, and Swindon, in sixth, have a game in hand on Town, who have yet to defeat any of the sides above them in the table.
Neal Trotman’s second-minute goal and a storming first-half performance raised hopes that Norwich could be toppled on Saturday.
But the Canaries ended the unbeaten home league record of Clark’s side with goals from Grant Holt (69th minute) and Stephen Elliott (74th and 85th).
“I told the players we ended up losing a game I would have been disappointed to get a draw from,” said former Norwich assistant manager Clark, who will today assess the condition of striker Lee Novak, who has a knee injury.
“The bottom line is everyone in the side has to accept their defensive duties and do them better.
“In this game the players didn’t do that and it cost us. Their three goals were very preventable.
“We took the lead, created lots and lots of opportunities and played some quality football.
“But we then switched off and nobody in the team can afford to do that, because the top sides will pick you off.
“Norwich pounced on our mistakes and showed why they are top of the league.”
Clark, whose side go to Leyton Orient on Saturday, added: “We can take huge positives from certain aspects of this game, but massive negatives from other parts.