SIMON GRAYSON insists Huddersfield Town have what it takes to halt their slide down the Championship.
But the boss accepts there is work to do in the wake of a fourth defeat in six games which left his side 17th.
Promoted Town were sixth after winning 1-0 at Barnsley a month ago and Grayson pledged: “We will dig deep and work hard to improve.
“We have set high standards this season and over last few weeks we haven’t reached them.
“We are well aware of our fall down the table. It’s not a nagging worry, but we know that we could sucked into a tricky situation if we are not careful.
“There is still a long way to go this season and a lot of games we are more than capable of winning.
“I have belief in the players, but we need to be more ruthless at times, we need to be more responsible on the pitch and to communicate better.
“There is no faulting the work rate but sometimes energy is expended in the wrong direction.”
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Grayson left on-loan Reading striker Simon Church out of the squad as he started with a 3-5-3 formation but welcomed back on-loan Leicester frontman Jermaine Beckford as a 60th-minute substitute after five games out with a hamstring injury.
“We changed our system to try to counter Hull,” explained the manager.
“There were two attacking wide players in Jack Hunt and Danny Ward, and the three in midfield (Adam Clayton, Keith Southern and Oliver Norwood) were there to try to keep us ticking along and going forward.
“We also had good strikers on the pitch, three of them by the end of the game.
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“It was an attacking selection, but we failed to execute the game plan.
“Hull are a good team who pass the ball well, retain it well and have a good rate of getting balls into the box.
“There was nothing they did which came as a surprise. We worked on how to deal with them during training and gave the players a presentation on Hull on the morning of the match.
“But we failed to stop the first ball that went in, then nobody was picking up Robert Koren, who scored.”
Hull’s clincher from on-loan Sunderland midfielder David Meyler didn’t come until stoppage time.
“As long as it’s 1-0 you still have an opportunity, and we went 4-3-3 late on,” continued Grayson.
“But we didn’t work their goalkeeper enough, if at all, and that’s simply not good enough.”