Leeds United: Basic mistakes cost Town dear in derby – Powell

Chris Powell.
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Huddersfield manager Chris Powell is still awaiting his first win since replacing Mark Robins after the Terriers 3-0 defeat at Leeds United and he knows Town need to show much more sharpness in front of goal and cut out errors.

Goals by Rudi Austin, Mirco Antenucci and Souleymane Doukara gave Leeds the bragging rights over Town, although the victory was soured by the 73rd-minute dismissal of right-back Gaetano Berardi, who collected a second yellow card and his second sending-off of the season.

To complete Town’s misery, substitute Jon Stead shot over the bar with only Leeds goalkeeper Marco Silvestri to beat six minutes from the end.

“There is no question of them lacking heart,” said Powell after the match. “That will never happen with one of my sides.

“But I need to iron out the basic mistakes we are making and perhaps bring in a couple of new faces.

“There is work I can do with this squad, which needs freshening up a bit.

“I was happy with certain aspects of our play but we didn’t take our chances. Basic errors are proving costly and the second goal was a real killer.”

Saturday’s defeat left Town third from bottom in the Championship on five points ahead of only Blackpool and Fulham.

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