Chris Powell has a liking for neatness and precision, always starting pre-match press conferences by straightening out the various recording devices placed in front of him.

But his record of four wins, four draws and four defeats from his first 12 Championship games as Huddersfield Town manager isn’t entirely appealing.

The 45-year-old remains calm and clear-sighted as he looks back at his first 10 weeks in charge and a run of seven games between now and the turn of the year, starting with Sheffield Wednesday’s visit next Saturday.

“The start (one point from three games against Middlesbrough, Wigan Athletic and Leeds United) was tough,” said the former Charlton Athletic
manager.

“We had a really good middle period (seven games unbeaten with wins against Millwall, Wolves, Blackpool and Nottingham Forest).

“But the last two games (defeats at Derby County and Fulham) have tainted things somewhat.

 

“I’m happy with some aspects, but there are other areas we need to really improve on.

“The good thing is the players are taking things on board.

“And they have been flexible in terms of formations and tactics.

“Even in the last two games, we have had our moments, but we need to learn to turn those moments to our advantage.

“We have won four, drawn four and lost four, so it is middle of road for us.

“We have been up against a lot of teams who have a bit more money and a bit more experience.

“But we have more than enough to push on and get ourselves in a better position than we are now (16th with 20 points, 16 of them won under Powell, 25 goals for and 31 against) from 17 games.

“My players can play flowing football, they can take people on and they are good users of the ball.

“We also have good finishers, but we have to get the balance between attack and defence right.

“We have shown it at times, at others not.

“We are a work in progress, but then we always will be.”