Alex Smithies is targeting the wins which will sweep away any lingering fear of a Huddersfield Town relegation battle – starting against Ipswich.

Town, beaten 1-0 at home to Bolton on Saturday, are in 17th place and 10 points above the Championship drop zone with six games remaining.

And the ever-present goalkeeper accepted: “There’s always a concern until you’re definitely safe.

“I’d like to think we’ve got enough points on the board that a relegation battle is unlikely.

“But at least we’ve another game where we can try to make up for having Saturday’s slip away from us.”

After hosting Ipswich, Town travel to another play-off contender Derby on Saturday.

Over Easter, they host Brighton (Good Friday) before travelling to Yeovil on the Monday.

And the fixtures finish with a visit from already-promoted Leicester and a trip to Watford.

“We don’t want to be looking down, we want to be looking up,” said Smithies.

“We want to get into the top half of the table.”

Looking back at the Bolton clash, Smithies said: “We’re really disappointed to have thrown the game in the last minute.

“To concede so late and in the manner we did was quite hard to take, especially when I was so close to a clean sheet.

“If we’d taken our chances then maybe we could rave about our performance.

“But we can’t when we got nothing from the game.

“At this stage of the season, it’s not performances you need as much as points on the board.”

Smithies hailed skipper Peter Clarke on his 500th career start and said: “What an achievement.

Huddersfield Town (0) v Bolton Wanderers (1) - Jermaine Beckford and Peter Clarke.
 

“He’s still relatively young (32) and I’m sure he’ll make plenty more over the next few years.”

There have been 219 Town starts by Clarke, who has also played for Everton, Port Vale, Coventry, Blackpool and Southend.

And Smithies added: “Skip’s also a great ambassador.

“He’s really embraced the club and you can see from his attitude that it means a lot him.”

Mark Brown, of East Yorkshire, will referee tonight’s game.

He took Town’s 1-0 home win over Wigan in February.

Click here for more Huddersfield Town news

Want to read, watch and hear more? You can download the FREE Examiner Apple App  here , the FREE Examiner Android App  here  or you can view the paper as an e-edition on your Apple, Android or Kindle device by clicking  here

Want the latest Huddersfield Town news? Follow our Town news Twitter here