Huddersfield Town boss Chris Powell admitted his side had paid the ultimate price for a woeful start to the second half after the 10-man Terriers lost 5-0 at Norwich City.

Murray Wallace's sending-off after 15 minutes handed Town an uphill battle but they battled well until the break before a second-half implosion as a Nathan Redmond-inspired Norwich side took full advantage of their extra man.

And Powell was particularly disappointed with the way his side started the second period, as Norwich scored three times in the opening five minutes after half-time to put the game beyond the Terriers.

"If you start any game like we did the second-half, you won’t get anything from any game at any level," he said.

"We didn’t give ourselves a chance. After conceding the first you want to bounce back, but to then concede another two in the next five minutes – with 10 men – made for a long afternoon. We didn’t get going and we paid the price.

"We allowed them to do exactly what they wanted, which can’t happen.

"I’ve told the players that afterwards. Norwich’s players were allowed to pass with ease and run off us.

"We didn’t stop crosses and you will pay for that at any level, but particularly against a side that has some players of Premier League calibre."

 

Having lost Wallace from an early stage, Powell was forced into a slight reshuffle at half-time but he conceded that the decision to bring on Paul Dixon had not aided his side's cause in the manner intended.

"We tried to settle them down and then get into a shape that would help us, but sadly it didn’t," he revealed.

"We wanted to firm it up at the back.

"I know I have Anthony Gerrard who can play in the centre, but I wanted a balance and we’d second-guessed that Nathan Redmond would come on. We knew Nahki was playing out of position and we felt we could relieve that pressure somewhat.

"It didn’t work. Sometimes you gamble and they come off for you and sometimes they don’t.

"Even though we put an extra man in defence - we went with a back four when Murray went off – it didn’t happen for us."