Chris Powell is set to step up his bid to bring new faces to Huddersfield Town on loan – but says he can improve the players he inherited.

The new manager cut a frustrated figure after a 3-0 derby defeat at Leeds United left his side in the Championship relegation zone.

Powell was left to bemoan “basic mistakes” after a bumper 29,131 crowd saw the home side ease to victory despite finishing the game with 10 men.

 

Giuseppe Bellusci’s red card, for a second bookable offence, came with Leeds, now 11th in the table, already three up.

Town, at home to 13th-placed Millwall on Saturday, have taken just one point from Powell’s first three games at the helm.

The boss rated the performance of forward Harry Bunn as the only plus as far as his side were concerned.

“I have learned a lot from these first three games,” said Powell. “We will certainly work with the players to eradicate the mistakes which are proving very costly at the moment.

“The second goal right on half-time was a real blow for us.

“We did create chances, but we didn’t work their keeper enough, and you have to get shots and headers on target.

“There are clearly things we have to improve on, and fast, but I do feel we need to bolster the squad.

We need two or three to come in to help us get ourselves going.”

There can be no permanent signings until January, but Town can utilise the loan system.

“They have to be the right players for the situation we are in, and it’s an ongoing search,” added Powell.