Huddersfield Town fans have been screaming for striking reinforcements for weeks and in the January transfer window, David Wagner listened.

Sort of.

Algerian international Karim Matmour arrived to support Nahki Wells, Elvis Manu, a pacey winger who can play up front, was signed on loan from Brighton while striker Jordy Hiwula was recalled from his loan spell at Wigan Athletic.

Yet the defence remained largely untouched.

James Husband was signed on loan, and then saw his deal extended, but only as replacement for the departing Ben Chilwell and to ensure competition for Jason Davidson at left back.

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There was widespread disbelief after Town somehow conspired to leave Preston empty-handed after dominating last weekend's game at Deepdale, and the post-mortem featured extreme frustration at the sheer number of chances created and squandered by a misfiring front line.

For what it's worth, Town took 20 shots, of which seven were on target and one goal was scored - Wells adding his 11th league goal of the season after 80 minutes.

But it is Town's own penalty area that should be giving David Wagner the most concern ahead of Saturday's trip to Nottingham Forest.

After a feast of points that matched excellent performances in December, 2016 has had a distinct lean feel to it. Town are now on a four match losing streak, and are winless in five in all competitions.

Yet it is not the forwards that should be facing the majority of the criticism. While Town defend and attack as a team, the strikers have arguably been shouldering the heavier load in recent weeks.

Nahki Wells celebrates his goal in the defeat at Preston

Town haven't kept a clean sheet since Charlton Athletic visited this corner of Yorkshire - and it's perhaps no anomaly that the last shutout coincided with the last victory.

Since then, Wagner's men have conceded 13 goals in all competitions and left the forwards with a mountain to climb.

Against Preston three Town goals would have been required to take all three points. It was the same against Brighton, who won 2-1 on the South Coast last month, while four goals would have been needed to beat Cardiff City at the John Smith's Stadium.

Since Wagner took charge last November, Town have conceded more than one goal in a game on nine occasions, and in this division you can't expect to win the majority of matches 3-2.

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What is especially frustrating is that Town are better in front of goal than all of their recent opponents - who all boast higher positions in the table.

It feels like Groundhog Day at times examining the numbers and realising that Town have scored more league goals than Brighton (4th in the Championship), Cardiff City (9th), Nottingham Forest (10th) and Preston (14th).

In fact, they've actually outscored table toppers Middlesbrough - although Aitor Karanka has addressed that particular issue with the signing of former Terrier Jordan Rhodes.

Meanwhile, Huddersfield lie 17th with their superior scoring record - yet a far inferior defensive one.

Town have scored in each of their last 14 games in all competitions, and have scored at least two in nine of them. Chances are being missed, but they're also being put away with regularity.

Meanwhile, at the other end mistakes continue to be made.

Wagner hasn't been helped by suspensions to Mark Hudson and Tommy Smith in recent games, while Dean Whitehead's injury against Birmingham City necessitated a reshuffle in the midfield protection.

Now Emyr Huws is injured while Joel Lynch is one booking away from following the skipper in accruing a two match ban.

Husband and Davidson have been rotated since the departure of the superb Chilwell, suggesting Wagner still isn't entirely happy with either of his left back options.

Kyle Dempsey has deputised in both full back positions but is a midfielder trying to learn a new position in the Championship's harsh glare.

Huddersfield Town v Charlton Athletic. Sky Bet Championship. John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield. Kyle Dempsey.

Should defensive reinforcements have been the priority in January?

Recent form seems to suggest so, especially when Wagner proclaims he is happy with performances while defensive errors are costing points.

The loan window is now open and gives Town the option of getting in some additional help - if only as back-up to what is realistically a thread-bare squad when it comes to the back line.

If Town can stop leaking goals they stand a real chance of pushing themselves up the table.

It's time to help the strikers out - with some defensive improvement.