Tommy Smith is tired of the words ‘we played well but lost’.
Huddersfield Town have yet to beat any side in the top eight of the current Championship table this season.
After losing 1-0 at home to fifth-paced Sheffield Wednesday, they head to Middlesbrough, who are second.
Right-back Smith, who made his 100th Town start on Saturday, is desperate to help his 18th-placed side to a three-point haul at the expense of Aitor Karanka’s promotion hopefuls.
“We keep saying we have played well but not got the right result,” said the 23-year-old.
“It happened against Sheffield Wednesday, when there wasn’t much between us at all.
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“And it happened when Middlesbrough came to our place back in November,”
Ex-Town midfielder Adam Clayton and Smith’s rival right-back Emilio Nsue struck to earn Boro a 2-0 win in David Wagner’s first home match as head coach.
“Once again we were on top possession-wise and passing-wise,” said Smith.
“But we didn’t get the result we should have and that has been a recurring theme.
“This isn’t an easy league. There are good players, international players, in it.
“We have to maintain our focus and concentration throughout and avoid mistakes.
“If we are to get to where we want to be, we need to start picking up points against top teams because our record against them is not the best.”