CHELTENHAM chief John Ward wants his players to learn from Saturday's 2-0 defeat by Town as they prepare to take on Scunthorpe at home tonight.
The experienced manager, who yesterday bought striker Paul Connor from fellow League I strugglers Leyton Orient for £20,000, believes the way in which Saturday's windy conditions were handled was the main difference between the sides.
"The better side won, and that's because Huddersfield used the wind with more quality and accuracy than us, said the ex-Bristol Rovers, Bristol City and York boss.
"At 0-0, Steven Gillespie had a great chance to put us ahead, and had we done that against the run of play, as it would have been, the rest of the match would have been very interesting.
"The home crowd might well have become a bit unsettled, because I sensed some nervousness when we came close, although not close enough for my liking, in the second half."
While Town chief Peter Jackson has continually criticised his team's sloppy defending this season, for once, the boot was on the other foot, with Ward doing the complaining.
"Huddersfield's first goal (by Luke Beckett in the 31st minute) was a big letdown," he added.
"You know what you'll get with a long throw.
"You know there will be a flick-on (Martin McIntosh got his head to the ball as Gary Taylor-Fletcher hurled it in) and you know there will be a second attacker coming in to follow it up.
"With people like Booth and Beckett around, there's sure to be a reaction.
"We produced half an hour of good defending then lost concentration, and it proved very costly, especially as they went on to get another (by Booth on 43 minutes)."
Cheltenham will pay Orient a further £5,000 if they avoid the drop, and Ward, whose side were promoted through the play-offs last season but are second-bottom going into tonight's clash, would be more than happy to shell out.
"We need that little bit of luck and quality to be able to turn defeats into draws and draws into wins," he said.
"I certainly haven't given up hope, and if we can stay up, my players will have that little bit more experience which will help them next time around.
"You look at Scunthorpe, Yeovil and even Huddersfield, all of whom we have played in League II and who have come up and consolidated, and you are encouraged."
In tonight's other League I game, Tranmere host Crewe.