Joel Lynch is calling on Huddersfield Town to reproduce the desire which toppled Nottingham Forest when they head to Derby County on Tuesday night.

 

The 27-year-old centre-back scored his first goal of the season to set Town on the road to Saturday’s 3-0 victory against his former club Forest.

And he was just as delighted Town were able to keep a clean sheet - only their third of the campaign - after Nahki Wells had notched his ninth goal of the season and Grant Holt pounced for his second since joining on loan from Wigan Athletic.

Lynch says manager Chris Powell is galvanising the squad and reckons he has never known a happier dressing room than Town’s at the moment.

“The lads worked so hard and it all came together,” he said of Town’s first win against Forest in nine years.

“We scored the goals at the right times and it was just a great performance – and the atmosphere was great.

“It was a brilliant three points for us, and everyone worked hard.

The midfielders were working back and the strikers were working back, and everybody put their body on the line for us to make sure we kept that clean sheep.

“At 3-0 up, a clean sheet is the next target really and we achieved it with a massive quality effort.

“Hopefully we can do it again down at Derby because that will be an even more difficult game, but we are delighted with our performance at the moment.

“We can’t get caught up in it of course because it’s just another three points, but we’re on a roll and we want to keep it going.”

Town have now extended their unbeaten run to seven matches, the best since they returned to the Championship in 2012, and Lynch says the togetherness at PPG Canalside is breeding confidence.

“With the manager the intensity of training has gone up and the lads have dealt with it, and I think in games we’ve been a lot sharper and quicker,” said Lynch.

“With the way it is at the minute, it’s just a joy to come in to work and it’s a great place to be. I’ve never known a happier camp as long as I’ve been a footballer.

“We’re still going to have ups and downs in the season, but if we keep playing like we did against Forest there’s no reason why we can’t get up the table. Anything can happen. It’s such a great dressing room to be in and we’re going to keep giving it everything.”

Lynch, who headed in from a Jack Robinson long throw, is disappointed not to have scored before Saturday’s match.

“It’s something we practised in training, so for the goal to come off in a match is brilliant,” he explained.

“I’m just delighted to give something back to the team and score. Me and Mark Hudson are big lads so we should be scoring more really. The clean sheet is even better for the back four and the goalkeeper.

“I was a bit disappointed I hadn’t scored already, but we’ve been working on it in training so hopefully I can get a few more goals. I’d be happy with four or five which is good for any centre back.”