Kyle Dempsey has the backing of Huddersfield Town supporters to go after Preston North End on Boxing Day.

Supporters among the 1,004 who made the trip to Brentford were impressed with his performance as a substitute from half time, which included a goal in the 4-2 defeat.

Others feel head coach David Wagner needs to make changes, both in selection for Saturday and in the squad during the January transfer window.

David, from Huddersfield, said: “Unfortunately we didn’t turn up in the first half, but how we desperately need a new central defender.

“Let’s hope that Elliott Ward is available soon. Obviously missing Dean Whitehead, but we have to play without him and do better in midfield.

“No passion or fire in the players’ bellies until the second half, when Dempsey showed the grit required.”

Surrey-based Town fan Steve agrees on Dempsey and was baffled by selection at Griffin Park.

“Despite everything, I’m afraid that Duane Holmes will not make it, and his performance was wretched, never getting near the ball,” he said.

“Contrast that with Kyle Dempsey in the second half.

“To see Harry Bunn sign a new contract and be left on the bench is baffling. Nahki Wells must be so confused.

“And what is Jonathan Hogg’s ratio of appearances since he signed? We need a real team leader urgently.”

Supporter Simon believes Town need to address problems in defence.

“Unfortunatley, the management made a huge error playing Duane Holmes and Ishmael Miller (especially away), but they corrected it for the second half,” he said.

“Until we get a tall, commanding centre-back we will continue to ship goals.

“We must remember, of course, that we have several midfielders missing.”

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Honley-based fan John, added: “We won the last 60 minutes. Would be in top six if teams didn’t have free-kicks against us!”

Derek, from the Colne Valley, bemoaned a ‘woeful’ performance in London and believes, while Wagner will ultimately succeed, he needs to achieve some reshaping of the squad.

“Too many players just did not seem to know what was required of themselves – they were so far off the pace defending the free kick for one of the goals it was simply awful,” he said.

“David Wagner has nobody up front to hold the ball up and bring others into play, which puts pressure on the defence.

“We need to spend in January. The fans know the money is there. Two strikers, attacking midfielder and a commanding centre back with lots of experience required.

“David Wagner will get it right, trust him. He knows he’ll be shipping out players and buying some decent ones. Be patient.”

Geoff, from Doncaster, also believes Town need a new leader at the back.

“Clear now that we need some new faces,” he said.

“So poor first half, a little bit better in the second, but still think we need a leader at the back.”