UNDER-PRESSURE Huddersfield boss Stan Ternent, whose side were hit for four by in-form Peterborough – making it nine goals leaked in the last two games – insists he is not panicking.
"Why should I panic?" Ternent said after some fans made their annoyance plain and Town's sad day was compounded by skipper Chris Lucketti getting a straight red card in added time.
"As far as I'm concerned, I'm not going anywhere. Not at my behest, anyway. I've been a manager a long time and have never packed a thing in in my life and I don't intend to start now.
"I would prefer to travel to Carlisle on Christmas Day in charge of Huddersfield Town but if not I'll have my Christmas dinner at home."
Ternent witnessed his men spurn a number of chances and concede goals he insisted were due to individual errors but he sprang to their defence.
He said: "They are a fantastic set of lads who gave their best against an extremely good side. I'm sure they will turn things round. Though we are playing quite well – I don't think performances have been bad – everything that can go wrong seems to be going that way. I'll carry on – there is no panic from me because these are good players no matter what anyone says.
"But confidence is fragile at the moment and I need the fans, who are entitled to their opinions, to be on the side of the players. Don't worry about me. I'm OK."
He added: "We created some good chances – by a conservative estimate we could have scored four – while the some of the goals we conceded were not good to say the least – 4-0 flattered Peterborough big style in my view."
Nathan Clarke, Gary Roberts and Andy Holdsworth could have done better with opportunities while at the death Liam Dickinson was denied by a class save by Joe Lewis.
In contrast, Town keeper Matt Glennon ended up a sad figure. He too did much good work, including a super block on Craig Mackail-Smith and a spectacular save from Russell Martin's free-kick after Lucketti's professional foul that brought down Mackail-Smith, but he let two of Posh's goals slip between his legs. Posh looked a class outfit, while Town were cumbersome in their approach, often over relying on long ball tactics.
And defensively they were shapeless at times. That was never more evident than when George Boyd was allowed to run over 40 yards to slot Posh's second goal on 24 minutes.
Aaron Mclean had smashed Posh ahead in the 12th minute when Town dallied and failed to clear cleanly. Chris Whelpdale powered in a fine header from Boyd's cross after 55 minutes and Town's woes were completed eight minutes later when Mclean was set up by impressive midfielder Paul Coutts to drill in a shot that took a slight deflection of Lucketti.
PETERBOROUGH: Lewis; Martin, Morgan, Zakuani, T Williams; Whelpdale, Lee, Coutts (Hyde 66), Boyd (Torres 66); Mclean (Batt 64), Mackail-Smith. Subs not used: McKeown, Green.
HUDDERSFIELD: Glennon; Goodwin, Clarke, Lucketti, R Williams; Holdsworth, Craney, Worthington (Jevons 60), Flynn, Roberts; Dickinson. Subs not used: Skarz, Collins, Butler, Broadbent.
REFEREE: A Penn (West Midlands).