Chris Powell says whoever gets the nod to face Leeds United on Saturday has to give Huddersfield Town fans “something to be proud of”.
The manager heads to Elland Road seeking his first win after a home defeat by Middlesbrough and Tuesday’s goalless draw with Wigan at the John Smith’s Stadium.
That left Town 22nd in the Championship, while Leeds go into the game bolstered by a 3-1 win at AFC Bournemouth under caretaker boss Neil Redfearn.
Powell and Redfearn played together at Charlton Athletic in the late 1990s, but there will be no old pals’ act if the latter remains in charge for a further game.
“It’s going to be tough, we know that, but we’re looking forward to a big game in front of a big crowd,” said Powell, who is looking at the loan market to bring in cover for calf injury victim James Vaughan.
“At this stage it’s about recovery for the players and me taking a roll call.”
Powell will assess Joel Lynch and Leeds old boy Lee Peltier, who picked up a niggles on Tuesday, as well as Adam Hammill, Jonathan Hogg, Anthony Gerrard, Martin Paterson and Oscar Gobern.