The immediate aftermath of the Leeds United defeat threatened to descend into something of a blame game for what was a poor performance from Huddersfield Town, with individual mistakes taking their toll on Chris Powell's side.

Joel Lynch and Alex Smithies both had the finger pointed at them for their involvement in Leeds' opening goal through Rudy Austin, while Lee Peltier, Jonathan Hogg and others could be faulted for the killer second right on the stroke of half-time.

In fact very few players - Harry Bunn and perhaps Conor Coady aside - were able to emerge with any credit, but with resources thin on the ground at present due to injuries, most positions are unlikely to be significantly altered against Millwall this weekend.

Peltier's status as captain surely guarantees his presence in the starting XI, while it would be a huge call at this stage for Powell to drop Smithies for Joe Murphy.

But there is a feeling that may not apply at left-back, where the competition is fierce.

For Paul Dixon, the loan signing of Jack Robinson was to be seen in one of two lights. It was an addition designed to push the Scot on after some lacklustre early-season showings but also represented a potential obstacle to his path to the first-team.

 

Robinson has been entrusted with that position and has started each of the three games Powell has taken charge of - one of just eight ever-presents in the Town squad in that time.

But with Dixon pushing to reclaim his position, the pressure is on for Robinson, who initially had to settle for a unconventional place at right-back to accommodate his positional rival's presence in what was caretaker manager Mark Lillis' final game in charge in the 4-2 defeat at Watford .

Powell made it clear at his pre-Millwall press conference that addressing his side's goals against column (which reads as 18 conceded) remains a priority and, as such, both will be tasked with providing the defensive assurance so sorely lacking from Town's play at Elland Road last time out.

Robinson can claim a headstart in this duel in that he lined up for his side's sole clean sheet this campaign against Wigan Athletic last week .

But Dixon prevails from a defensive perspective according to the statistics; the Scot having made an impressive 25 tackles at a success rate of 84% to 14 at 79% from the new kid on the block.

The former's 20 clearances and two blocks to Robinson's 13 and one respectively appear to ram home the point.

Intriguingly, the QPR loanee does come out on top when it comes to aerial ability, succeeding in 68.2% of his duels to Dixon's 57.9%, while he has also made 15 interceptions to 11.

 

It is certainly a tightly-fought battle between the two, with their offensive statistics just as evenly split.

Robinson, schooled in Brendan Rodgers' progressive passing style at Liverpool, has an 80% pass success rate and has completed more passes (200 to 184) having played a game less.

He has also succeeded in passes per 90 minutes (50 to 37.13) and boasts a better cross success rate than his fellow left-back (40% compared to 33%) but the Scot's productivity alters the landscape once more.

Because while his crossing accuracy may be lower than Robinson's, Dixon has attempted four more deliveries from wide areas and has created eight chances for the Town strikers to the six of the 21-year-old.

Clearly, there is scope for both to improve. Dixon looks the surer bet from a defensive perspective but Robinson appears the more composed individual of the two when trying to get the ball down and initiate Town's attacks.

There are few if any selection dilemmas to be had elsewhere at present in this Town squad, but Powell must welcome the one he now seemingly has on the left-hand side of his defence.

Robinson should be feeling the breath on his neck.

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