The new Terriers boss has been preparing for a run of key games.
Having been appointed during the international break, the former England defender is keen for Championship action to kick-off, with a run of six tough fixtures fast approaching.
Whilst the tough schedule would have many coaches worried about the state of their playing squad, Powell is confident that his new squad will be able to handle the pressure.
“Coming up, we have two home games then a big away game in the space of eight days, and we have to be ready.
“There is pressure on the players, mentally and physically, so they have to be able to handle it.”
Powell took the reigns at the John Smith’s Stadium five games into the Championship season, with the Terriers sitting in 21st - having claimed just four points so far.
However, the coach - who has been out of football since his departure from Charlton Athletic in March - has been impressed with his new squad, claiming that they are willing to learn and improve as they look to keep their second division status.
“The players have been really receptive to our ideas and methods and I’ve been impressed by the way they have tackled training.
“On what I’ve seen, they deserve to have more points from the first five games.
“But we are moving forward now and the players are hungry to learn, which is great.
“We have good players here and a good mix, and I want them to express themselves and play with intensity.
“I believe they can do that, and all you ask is that they give their best every day.”
The home tie with Middlesbrough gives Powell the first chance to review his playing squad in competitive action, and he will be hoping that they can apply themselves well enough to secure their second victory of the season.