BEING underdogs this season could well suit Huddersfild Town as they plot a route through this challenging Championship season.
That’s the view of manager Simon Grayson, who is confident his squad have the attitude and ability not to be fazed by any of the big-name opposition on the agenda.
Town go into today’s clash with Burnley at the John Smith’s Stadium looking to improve upon a draw and a defeat in their first two outings against Cardiff City and Nottingham Forest.
Grayson accepts it’s a learning curve for his new-look squad, but he already senses Town have learned some valuable lessons against top-class second-tier rivals.
“I don’t think spirit in the camp has ever been a problem, even after we lost to that late goal against Cardiff, because the performance was very good,” he said.
“What’s happened in the first two matches has shown the players they can compete against two teams I expect to be in the top reaches of the division.
“Forest have spent heavily and have some good players in their line-up, and Cardiff have done exactly the same after being in the play-offs the last three years – and we’ve competed very well against both of them.
“It just shows us as a team what we have to do to get results.
“We have to make sure we stay in games for as long as it takes because we do have match-winners, people who can get us something at any particular time.”
Grayson knows he will have to continue fielding questions about the future of star striker Jordan Rhodes – whose late penalty earned that 1-1 draw against Forest – but he says the players (including the Scotland international) are taking on board quickly what is needed to pick up points.
“If the other night, when Forest had a lot of possession of the ball, we had gone chasing it we could easily have been 2-0 or 3-0 down and the game would have been over,” he explained.
“But we stuck in there, determined to stay in the contest and try and get a result no matter how long it took.