Huddersfield Town manager Chris Powell believes the clean sheet picked up in the 1-0 win at Wigan Athletic will serve as a huge boost to his side's mentality.

The Terriers withstood late pressure from their hosts to seal a first away win since October and only a second clean sheet on the road courtesy of an 81st-minute Conor Coady strike.

And Powell was keen to give credit to the defensive unit which saw Town through to a valuable three points.

"We should have had a few clean sheets and we have let ourselves down with one or two sloppy goals, even in games we have won," he said.

"You need to keep belief in the group and in the team that they can get them.

"It's important for the mentality of the team that we can go away from home and get a scrappy 1-0 win because we haven't had one all season.

"Away at Reading, we conceded and away at Wolves we conceded so now we have got a clean sheet on the road and that's very, very important for the second half of the season."

David Edgar drew particular praise from Powell, who was impressed with the way his new loan signing performed in a defensive midfield role.

In pictures: Wigan Athletic 0-1 Huddersfield Town

 

"Excellent, I thought it was a very, very good debut," he replied when asked for his verdict on the Canadian.

"The players gave a round of applause when I mentioned it.

"He's a player who knows this league, he knows that position and I spoke to him that that's what I was thinking about doing with him.

"And when I spoke to him during the week when it looked like I was going to get him, I told him that I know you can play centre-half and right-back but I have actually earmarked you for that screen for the back four.

"I thought he read the play really well and he made two outstanding tackles and interceptions.

"That was almost a guaranteed goal for Fortune and I think he tracked a runner early in the second half.

"He was cramping up after an hour but I made him stay out there for another 20 minutes.

"I said 'you're not coming off, because you've been so good' and he just got on with it.

"I'm really pleased for him and I hope that's the start of a good spell with us."

Powell also believes the return of Joel Lynch has contributed to a more settled back four and helped produce the defensive performance which foiled Malky Mackay's side.

"When he plays like he did today and against Watford, and at times against Middlesbrough, he's quite a Rolls-Royce of a defender," Powell added.

"He's got pace, he's brave, he's got a decent left foot so he's good on the ball but he can defend.

"And that will allow Jack Robinson to move forward as well when we play the system we played so I thought he did exceptionally well.

"Robinson I thought had to show his defensive qualities more than attacking, same with Tommy Smith, and Mark Hudson so they were all very pleasing aspects from those guys.

"They are the ones who feel it more than midfielders and strikers when we concede goals so I am really happy for them."