SKIPPER Peter Clarke insists Huddersfield Town will keep faith in their ability and fighting spirit as they plot the next stage of their Championship play-off challenge.
Simon Grayson’s side fell to a third home defeat of the campaign as Will Buckley’s double gave Brighton a 2-1 win at the John Smith’s Stadium and pushed Town out of the top six.
Town now prepare for a big away double-header against Charlton, on Saturday, and Middlesbrough a week tomorrow, and Clarke said: “We have a good group of lads who will scrap and battle, and I’m sure that will stand us in good stead in the long run.
“Even when things are not going quite as we would like in terms of possession and the nice football we are capable of, we will always keep going right to the end.
“I don’t think it matters whether we are playing away or at home, we generally give a good account of ourselves and that won’t alter.
“We will prepare correctly and go to Charlton in good spirits, believing we can come away with a good result.
“Matches like Charlton and Middlesbrough at this level are ones you want to be involved in.
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“They are good teams with good grounds and there will be plenty of fans at both.
“We will be respectful of the opposition, but we certainly won’t be fearful. We know we can go to these sorts of places, impose ourselves on the games and come away with positive results.”
Town are sending loan striker James Vaughan for a further scan on his damaged thigh today and he won’t come into contention for the trip to The Valley.
Boss Grayson, however, hopes both Jermaine Beckford (hamstring) and wingman Sean Scannell (hamstring) will be fit to return after missing out against Brighton, when Town’s goal came from Reading loanee Simon Church.
“We didn’t get out of the blocks on Saturday and left ourselves with a little bit too much to do,” added the skipper.
“We switched off at a short corner and got done, then we gave the ball away in good possession and got hurt again on the break.
“The lads felt a bit hard done by with some of the decisions, particularly myself and Alan Lee with penalties which weren’t given, but we can’t blame it all on the officials.
“While we will always give it a good go, we just left ourselves with a little bit too much to peg them back.”