Sheffield Wednesday: Chris Powell promises to be on his best behaviour this weekend

Chris Powell celebrating with assistant Alex Dyer on his last Hillsborough visit
Chris Powell celebrating with assistant Alex Dyer on his last Hillsborough visit
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Chris Powell has promised to behave himself if his Huddersfield Town side beat Wednesday this weekend.

The Terriers boss failed to show restraint on his last visit to Hillsborough.

Last season, and then manager of Charlton Athletic, Powell swung from the crossbar at the Leppings Lane end after the Addicks beat the Owls to a place in the quarter final of the FA Cup, denying them a Steel City derby against the Blades.

The 45-year-old admits the size of the occasion overcame him the last time he was in S6.

But should he guide Huddersfield to a much-needed win on Saturday afternoon, he says his celebrations would be much more low key.

“We had gone under the radar because everyone was talking about the possibility of a Sheffield derby in the quarter-finals,” Powell told the Huddersfield Daily Examiner.

“It was a little bit undignified, but emotions were high and the adrenaline was pumping and I don’t regret that celebration.

“I have cared about every club I have played for or managed, and the win meant an awful lot to me.

“Winning this Saturday would mean a lot too, and if it happens, I will applaud our supporters – but stay away from the goalposts!”

Powell’s last visit to Hillsborough brought arguably one of the lowest points of Stuart Gray’s tenure as Owls boss.

Wednesday failed to turn up against Charlton and deservedly suffered a 2-1 defeat, ending hopes of a huge cup date between the bitter Sheffield rivals.

Gray will be hoping for a better showing from the Owls as he looks to finish the season strongly.

But the win will be almost certainly be more important for the visitors.

Though they looked to have done enough to secure survival – and still probably have – just one win from their last ten matches, including five defeats, has left them just nine points clear of the bottom three with seven games to go.

Powell says the Terriers will have to adjust to the controversial Hillsborough pitch if they are to get back to winning ways.

He said: “If we carry on attacking the way we did in that game, and tighten up defensively, we will get the wins we all want.

“The Sheffield pitch isn’t great, but we have to adjust and believe in what we are doing.

“We have to pick up points, there’s no dancing around the fact.

“We need to lift everyone and make sure we get through to the summer safe then move forward with the job in hand.

“We were poor against Charlton, Brentford and Rotherham, but the last three performances were better.”