HUDDERSFIELD Town boss Lee Clark will demand a far tighter defensive display against Stevenage in Saturday’s League I clash at the Galpharm after Town’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy second-round exit at the hands of neighbours Bradford City.
The Galpharm side lost 4-3 on penalties after an entertaining tie in front of a bumper 10,489 crowd ended 2-2 after 90 minutes.
It took equalisers from Tommy Miller, with a penalty, and skipper Peter Clarke to cancel out an own goal from Antony Kay and a Andrew Davies header and take the derby duel to a shoot-out.
And Town boss Clark said: “That is the second home game running where we have scored twice and not won (after Leyton Orient) and we have to rectify that situation quickly.
“We didn’t take enough of the chances we created and some of our final passes were not as good as usual.
“In addition we have given away two basic goals when we knew Bradford were a danger at set-pieces with their big players and good deliveries.
“Make no mistake this was a game the players and I wanted to win.
“I have told them to forget about the penalty shoot-out but to be concerned by the standard of the goals that we are conceding.
“If there is a positive it is that this defeat will hopefully give us a nudge when it comes to sharpening up in the league.”
Clark’s frustration was increased by injuries to midfielder Oscar Gobern, who suffered a dead leg, and central defender Liam Cooper, who had a back spasm.