ON-LOAN striker Simon Church believes Huddersfield Town should not be discounted from the promotion race.
Manager Simon Grayson’s side go into Saturday’s trans-Pennine derby with Bolton Wanders lying 15th in the table and with only one win in their last six games.
However, 23-year-old Welsh international Church has pointed to how his parent club Reading won the Championship title last season even though they were 16th in the table at this stage of the campaign.
While Town’s main ambition may be consolidation after promotion from League I last term, Church said he would never rule out a promotion push given the topsy-turvy nature of the division.
“Reading were 16th after the same number of games last year. We weren’t winning games and nobody was happy with our performances,” said Church.
“However, we started grinding out 1-0 wins and it kept building from there until we ended up being the clear title winners.
“The Championship is a league where everyone can beat anyone. You just need to be positive and our experience at Reading last season shows what can happen.”
Town may currently be in same situation as Reading were, but they go into Saturday’s clash at the John Smith’s Stadium on the back of a 4-2 home defeat by arch rivals Leeds United and Church admitted: “We again didn’t turn up.”
Church said the players had hoped to put matters right from the previous show at Middlesbrough, but struggled after Leeds cancelled out Chris Atkinson’s early opener.
Church said: “I’d probably have to agree with that and it was the same at Middlesbrough. We didn’t react when we conceded and it has cost us.