Huddersfield Town manager Chris Powell expressed his delight at getting off the mark with his first three points for the club in the 2-1 win over Millwall .

A Nahki Wells brace either side of Ed Upson's stunning leveller - which also ended Town's winless run at home since March - provided the new man in charge with victory at the fourth time of asking.

And Powell revelled in recovering from one point in nine to see off Ian Holloway's side.

"Any manager will tell you that when they go into a football club, they want to get a positive result," he told reporters.

"The way the Middlesbrough game ended wasn’t great; we followed that up with a clean sheet and a point, but last weekend was a big moment for me and we had a lot to sort out.

"One of those things was winning at home. That’s where the majority of your fans see you play and they want to see you win and put in a performance.

"I thought we did that today against a decent Millwall team. It’s a great feeling for everyone connected with Huddersfield Town.

"I’m pleased for the players, because they felt like they let everyone down last week.

"I told them that they had to apply themselves and give everything, because if they did their ability would come through.

"I thought the fans really warmed to the team today. As the game went on, I thought we showed everybody that we can compete.

"It’s important that we show everyone that we’re a team that can do well.

"We know we will have our ups and downs – now we want to build on this ‘up’.

"I feel a lot better than this time last Saturday. I take defeat personally because I care, but the good thing is this group of players care too.

"They are getting used to my ways and equally I’m getting used to them and learning how to get the best out of them in every game."

 

Powell fielded his side from the outset in a 3-5-2 setup as Lee Peltier joined Mark Hudson and Joel Lynch in defence , while Tommy Smith operated as an auxiliary right-wing-back.

And the Terriers chief believes the formation suited the personnel he started with, particularly bringing the best out of two-goal Wells up front.

"I thought we were good today," he said. "We changed one or two things after getting some food for thought in the last three games.

"I’m trying to put our players in positions they are really comfortable in.

"At the minute I want to have two strikers on the pitch as Nahki needs someone alongside him, so we might be a 3-5-2 team. I felt that was the right way to go this week.

"It was a good all-round performance; I’m really pleased.

"We didn’t have that devilment in the final third in the first-half, but I thought the players gave that to everyone in the second-half.

"The only disappointment for me was conceding the goal, because I want our ‘keeper and defence to keep a clean sheet.

"When it was 2-1 late in the second-half and you could you feel the tension, I thought we managed the game pretty well.

"With the pressure on, the players have come through; I thought they really stepped up."

Special praise was reserved for the attacking armoury with Powell, who also revealed Lee Peltier and Jonathan Hogg both sustained injuries, encouraged by what he saw against the south London outfit.

“Harry Bunn earned his place in the team because of the way he played last week," he added.

"He’s a striker and he did some good things today. We got Harry into the areas he likes to get into by asking him to drift out to the left and you can see he can do some damage out there.

"I thought Grant Holt and Sean Scannell came on and made a difference. I thought all the other lads were really good today.

"Grant worked really hard today and gave us a good centre forward’s performance for 25 minutes. His arrival can really help the team – especially Nahki. Grant wants to do well here and there is still a lot of mileage left in him.

"I’m particularly pleased for Nahki. He’s an opportunist, as he showed with his first goal, and he tucked his penalty away with aplomb."