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Home form still a big concern for Powell after Terriers loss
CHARLTON manager Chris Powell was disappointed his side were not able to build on their thrilling New Year’s Day win at Watford against Huddersfield on Saturday.
A much changed Addicks side were beaten 1-0 at The Valley by a full strength Terreirs team to exit the FA Cup at the first hurdle.
But Powell admitted his side must start performing in front of their own fans.
The boss said: “We’ve shown on New Year’s Day what we can do when we make good decisions and get in good areas and deliver as we did.
“We created numerous chances at Watford, but we didn’t do that on Saturday.
“We need to do that more at home and the weekend was a chance for us to get our home form going.
“We’ve been OK away but we haven’t done enough at home in front of our own fans at The Valley this season and I’m looking for us in 2013 to be better at home.
“Next week at home to Blackpool it will be a tough game and we are going to have to start producing chances for us to finish.
“That’s what you need to do to win games.”
After a busy Christmas period, Powell had made five changes from the side which won 4-3 at Vicarage Road.
One man who did start both games was Dorian Dervite, but his day ended early as he was sent off for a professional foul on Jermaine Beckford just before the hour.
Despite the changes and conceding the league is his priority, Powell was still upset his side were not able to progress and enjoy a rare cup run.
He said: “I wanted one or two players to show me they were ready for us to play a part for us this season.
“Of course it’s been a hectic period and I thought it was wise to look at the bigger picture.
“But the bigger picture is we should have those cup games incorporated into our season to make it an exciting season. That hasn’t happened.
“Of course we want to do well and stay in the Championship.
“It is a tight league, you can get a couple of results and it pushes you up the league but then if you lose two or three then you fall down.
“We know that’s our priority, but I see the cup as a priority, enough from the 11 I chose today to do enough to get us through.
“Obviously you have to apply yourself and do it and it just didn’t happen today.”
On the reaction from his side after the red card, Powell added: “It was more a case when we went down to 10-men, then you throw caution to the wind.
“I said to them that’s what you should do from the start.
“It’s a cup game, a one-off game.
“Of course there could be a replay, but you want to do your business here in the first game.
“At the end we were throwing in crosses and getting in dangerous areas.
“It was very mixed today and it wasn’t a day when we covered ourselves in any glory.”
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