Neil Warnock admitted he must be ‘an idiot’ to have accepted a firefighting mission at Huddersfield but felt it was Norwich City who were happier with a point in a 1-1 Championship stalemate.

Grant Hanley’s own goal from Martyn Waghorn’s chip cancelled out Gabby Sara’s first half opener for the relegation-threatened Terriers.

The experienced Warnock feared the worst in a weak first half from the hosts.

“You can’t take anything away from Norwich. They are a good side and when you give them the ball back, they can do things with it,” he said. “You forget how good a team they are. To be fair they should be top four, top five with that squad. So in that way it is a good point.

“I thought we looked nervous. We started poorly. Putting balls out of play. I was thinking, ‘just get to half-time and please don’t score a second and we can turn this around.’ We did. We were on the front foot, we passed it better, we won our duels and in the end Norwich were probably the happier of the two to get a point.

“We were not supposed to be standing off them (in the first half) but they are that good they picked us off. I didn’t have to rollick them at half-time. It was just telling them how disappointed I was the manner we were losing the ball.

"We almost panicked and that why we are down where we are. We are better than that.

“They had to start working to stay in the game and that pleased me because they are a good side.”

Huddersfield’s future is uncertain on and off the pitch, amid reported takeover talk and a Football League transfer embargo, but Warnock will not give up hope.

“We’ve got nine games left and we just have to get the crowd clapping us off,” he said. “They really got behind the lads in the second half and they could see that commitment. Millwall and Watford next two. Tough. Middlesbrough at home.

"I must be an idiot to come here. I want to give the fans some enjoyment. We have got young lads and they make mistakes, but you have to persevere with them.”