Chris Powell has challenged his players to get fans talking about Huddersfield Town’s away form for the right reasons.
His side head to Rotherham United today on the back of four consecutive defeats on the road – at Derby County, Fulham, Bolton Wanderers and Norwich City.
It’s almost two months since Town claimed their last away win, 3-1 at Wolves, having triumphed 2-1 at Reading in August.
The festive foray into South Yorkshire comes before three straight home games, Championship meetings with Bolton Wanderers and Watford being sandwiched around the FA Cup third-round clash with Reading.
Powell is desperate to kick off a crucial spell with three points at the New York Stadium, where Town will be backed by a sell-out 2,600 contingent of supporters.
“The support home and away has been excellent since I came here, and we obviously want to give them something to cheer about,” said Powell.
“Our away results have been a concern, that’s why we’re talking about them, but we don’t want it to become a mental issue.
“The best way to stop that happening is to pick up a win, and going to Rotherham gives us a chance of doing that.”
Millers boss Steve Evans says he knows what to expect from Town and said : “There will be no secrets to how they play, 4-5-1 out of possession, 4-3-3 when they are attacking you.
“We have to prepare for Huddersfield. They are a team, since their new manager (Chris Powell) has gone in, that have seen an upturn in fortunes.
“We will not have a lot of time off over the holiday period, but you get out what you put in.
“You have to get the balance right between working the players and making sure they’re fresh and they’ready.”
Rotherham could have an unchanged side for the fourth game in a row as boss Steve Evans looks to keep faith with the same XI that beat Wigan.
Full-back Frazer Richardson (groin) and defender Richard Wood (knee) have both returned to training after injuries.
Huddersfield defender Murray Wallace is back in contention to start following a return from suspension.
Striker Harry Bunn returned last week after missing three games with a thigh injury and hopes to resume up front.