Chris Powell says Huddersfield Town can take inspiration from Championship rivals Millwall as they bid to bounce back from their 5-0 defeat at Norwich City by beating Birmingham City at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday.

The Londoners responded to their 5-1 home setback at Middlesbrough by going to Brighton on Friday and winning 1-0.

“We need the same kind of mental strength and mindset as Millwall showed,” said Powell, whose side are 17th, two places and a point behind Brum.

The West Midlanders thumped Reading 6-1 at St Andrews on Saturday to make it three wins in four.

But Town, reduced to 10 men early on at Norwich, are seven games unbeaten on their own turf and have won four of those matches.

It’s a run Powell, who will be without red-carded defender Murray Wallace through suspension on Saturday, is determined to keep going.

“We’ve been strong at home and there’s no reason why that shouldn’t continue,” said Powell, who will also have noted that Birmingham have lost just once in seven games since an 8-0 home thumping by current leaders Bournemouth.

There’s no need for panic. We need to stay calm and composed.”

 

Brum teenager Demarai Gray’s hat trick against Reading has heightened speculation of a January move to the Premier League.

But as Town and Birmingham’s divisional rivals Blackburn Rovers, Leeds United and Nottingham Forest were put under a transfer embargo for breaking Financial Fair Play rules, homegrown hero Gray insisted he is happy at St Andrews.

“I don’t really let these stories worry me or play on my mind,” he said.

“I just concentrate on playing my football where I am right now and I am happy.”