Manager Jan Siewert has challenged the Huddersfield players to look at their own performances during the season as they face up to the disappointment of relegation.
The Terriers will play in the Championship next term after a campaign of woe in the top flight that has seen them take just 14 points all season.
The writing was on the wall when David Wagner jumped ship in January and, despite arriving on a wave of misplaced optimism, Siewert’s appointment had no effect on results.
The German tactician has admitted his disappointment at being unable to stave off relegation but feels there is little else he could have done during his three months in charge. “The focus the whole time was staying in the Premier League and working for this,” he said.
“But I can look in my mirror because I tried everything to keep this squad in the Premier League.”
The Yorkshire outfit will welcome Leicester City to the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday as they look to salvage some pride from their remaining fixtures. And Siewert now wants every member of his squad to question whether they could have done better throughout the doomed campaign.
He added: “Each player has to do it on his own now. He has to look in his mirror to say, ‘did I really do everything so this club could stay in the Premier League?’
“These are the things the players have to go through then react on the pitch to it.” Huddersfield are 5.00 to take all three points, with the Foxes on offer at 1.73 and the draw 3.75.