Chris Powell has called on Huddersfield's fans to make the difference against Leeds this weekend.
Huddersfield go into the game looking to avenge a 3-0 defeat from earlier in the season and the boss has urged the side’s fans to back the players, even if Leeds start the match as the better team.
“The prospect of having 20,000 and more inside the John Smith’s on Saturday is an exciting one,” said Powell.
“Our fans were brilliant in our last game here - When Watford equalised out of the blue, they really stuck with our players and played their part in driving the team on to record a well-deserved victory.”
Home advantage can make all the difference in a local derby for two main reasons.
Home support is important for creating an intimidating atmosphere.
The players can sense energy and hostility in a crowd and if Huddersfield want to get Leeds onto the back foot, the home crowd needs to be noisy in the build up to the game and throughout.
The supporters are also important for the very reason Powell points out; supporting the players.
Leeds head into this game playing a much better brand of football than they did earlier in the season.
They could attack from the off and if Huddersfield go behind, the fans will be crucial in lifting the spirits of the players to get them back into the game.
It’s a rallying cry from the Huddersfield Town boss to give his team an automatic advantage, which could well end up making a difference.