Tommy Smith says Huddersfield Town have enough big characters to ensure Championship safety.

The club’s winless run was extended to nine matches as they were reduced to nine men in the 3-1 defeat at Derby which left them 17th and just six points above the drop zone.

Town took a 13th-minute lead through Nahki Wells - his sixth goal since signing from Bradford City - before Derby hit back and Joel Lynch and skipper Peter Clarke were sent off for second bookable offences.

Lynch saw red just before the break with the score 1-1 and Clarke in the 57th minute, when he conceded the penalty from which the home side went 3-1 up.

 

But Smith said: “We have positives to take from how we battled and we will keep battling until the end of the season.

“We are not going to let things get out of hand and roll over. We will battle through this.

“Everyone knows we have not won for quite a few games.

“But we will keep plugging away and we have the characters in the dressing room to bounce back. I am sure we will be fine.

“We have two games in the space of four days over Easter and we are looking forward to them.

“We have to try and get the points when we play Brighton on Friday and then travel to Yeovil next Monday.

“We do not lack belief. We have good players and characters and we will battle and come through. It will be fine.”

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