Huddersfield Town will look to immediately recover from a five-goal thumping at Norwich City this weekend when they host Birmingham City.

10-man Town fell to a crushing defeat at Carrow Road last weekend as they collapsed after the break following Murray Wallace's first-half dismissal for hauling down Cameron Jerome.

But the Terriers' hopes of bouncing back quickly will be tested by Gary Rowett's Birmingham side, who themselves secured a five-goal win of their own last week as they demolished Reading 6-1, with coveted teenager Demarai Gray plundering a hat-trick.

Here are some of the key questions for Town ahead of this weekend's game against a side who leapfrogged them after the results of matchday 21 in the Championship.

In pictures: Norwich City 5-0 Huddersfield Town

Can Town's home form keep papering over the cracks?

The 5-0 defeat at Norwich City had to be taken into context after Wallace's early sending-off, but nevertheless the margin of the defeat will have been extremely concerning for Powell and his side as they imploded in the second half.

Town have hardly been played off the park in some of their recent away-day defeats, but the paucity of attacking quality at Fulham and Bolton particularly and the season-long struggles at the other end of the field have always invited the sort of thumping Norwich brutally delivered.

What Powell has been able to lean on is his side's impressive form at the John Smith's Stadium, which has been the Dr Jekyll to their Mr Hyde-esque fortunes on the road.

The 2-1 win over Brentford was as laudable for the calibre of opposition they were up against as it was for their defensive resolve towards the end of the hard-fought victory, but the Norwich game exposed some real home truths about the Terriers' defensive fragility and naivety, irrespective of the numerical disadvantage.

A visit from a Birmingham side who have won four times and lost just once in seven games under Rowett's settling presence is presumably the last thing Powell would want at this moment in time and it remains to be see how long Town can just rely on the notion of their home form to get them by.

With that said, Town must try to summon the spirit shown during the recent home wins over the Bees and Nottingham Forest if they are to get back up and running after such a dismal showing at Norwich.

Huddersfield Town's 2014/2015 home form

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Will a goalscorer finally step forward?

Nahki Wells' last goal? The 3-0 win over Nottingham Forest. What about Grant Holt? For Holt, see Wells. Okay, so how about Harry Bunn? Don't even go there.

Town's goalscoring problems have been exposed and some across November and at the start of the festive period and someone must come to the fore against the Blues if they are to avoid another defeat this weekend.

There is no pattern to Town's goalscoring at present, with Holt struggling and Wells unable to convert the opportunities that are coming his way.

And with their previously quicksilver attacking play relenting, so too has their form, and Town have come to rely on bit-part contributions towards their goals for tally since the Forest massacre.

Town have only netted five times in their last six games and four of those have come across two matches, not to mention the fact none of those strikes have come from a bona fide first-team marksman.

Huddersfield Town's positional share of goals since Nottingham Forest win

2

Defenders

0

Midfielders

2

Wingers

0

Strikers

1

Own-goals

Will Powell shake up his side?

The manager's apparent overriding emotion immediately after the Carrow Road evisceration was one of disappointment and changes for Birmingham's visit to the John Smith's Stadium appear inevitable.

But injuries and suspensions mean he is hamstrung in how many players he can draft into his side this weekend and the situation was not aided by Wallace's red card last week.

The central midfield trio of Jonathan Hogg, Conor Coady and Jacob Butterfield will remain an immutable setup until new players can be brought in during the January transfer window but there are question marks to be had up front, on the flanks and at the back.

Adam Hammill and Danny Ward will be itching to get on and prove their worth to Powell, particularly in the former's case, having been on the outskirts of the first-team reckoning ever since the manager walked through the Huddersfield doors for the first time.

A change will have to be made in the centre of defence, but Powell is hardly blessed with a variety and will have to be astute in who he brings in, while James Vaughan will hope to prove he is over his injury ills by starting from the get-go for the first time since Powell's first game in charge - the narrow 2-1 home defeat to Middlesbrough.

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