David Wagner has urged his Huddersfield Town players not to dwell on their 3-0 defeat at Middlesbrough as they try to improve a dismal record against the Championship’s top teams.

Town host fourth-placed Hull City on Saturday aiming to prevent the Tigers following leaders Burnley, second-placed Boro, Sheffield Wednesday, in fifth, Derby County (sixth) and Cardiff City, in seventh, completing a double against them.

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Then under the leadership of Chris Powell, Town lost 2-0 at Hull on the opening day, and the 1-1 home draw against Brighton and Hove Albion in match number three is the only time defeat has been avoided against a side currently in the top seven.

“I can accept the defeat at Middlesbrough and put it behind me very quickly because I know why it happened,” said head coach Wagner.

“We were not good enough. If you want to be successful against a leading side, especially at this stage if the season when they are very focused, you have to make every simple thing right.

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“Every first touch must be good. You have to make the correct decisions. Passes must be accurate, you must use a free-kick when you have it like Middlesbrough did.

“So many things you have to make right. If you make a few mistakes you will lose. If you make a lot of mistakes, like, we did, you will lose 3-0.”

Town remain 18th, eight points above to drop zone with six games to go, and Wagner added: “We know we have individuals with quality and we know we are fit and we work hard because we have shown it.

“Against Hull City I promise we will try again, work ahead again. If we make the things we didn’t do well at Middlesbrough better we probably will get a better result.”