GRAHAM MITCHELL believes Huddersfield Town will come out of their disappointing run and avoid a battle for Championship survival.
The former player, coach and academy manager admitted Town were second best in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat by Hull City at the KC Stadium, which left them with just two points from six matches.
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But as they get ready for this coming weekend’s trip to high-riding Crystal Palace, Mitchell sees no reason for panic despite Simon Grayson’s side slipping to 17th in the table.
“The thing with Town is we are new to the division and people have to be realistic,” said Mitchell, a summariser for BBC Radio Leeds.
“We don’t have a massive squad full of quality players, like a lot of clubs have in the Championship. We have a good first XI and a little bit of quality behind that in terms of back-up.
“Town spent a lot of time in League I and a lot of time trying to get out of League I, and Dean Hoyle and Simon Grayson have done fantastically to get us to where we are now.
“The thing for us this season is to stay up, and I think we are good enough to stay up and the club is big enough to stay up – I don’t think that’s a problem.
“Myself, the way I look at it is that if we can build and build and build over the next couple of years, we can be a force in the Championship, but I think it is unrealistic to expect that now.”
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Town go to Selhurst Park on Saturday (5.20) before successive Christmas home games against Blackpool and Sheffield Wednesday.
Then it’s off to Leicester on New Year’s Day before another trip to Charlton in the FA Cup third round.
“It’s an important time and we need to pick up some points, but I don’t see any reason to panic,” added Mitchell.
“As I said, a lot of people tried to get us out of League I and Dean and Simon have done superbly to achieve it, Simon has a lot of experience to keep us here and I don’t think we should expect too much too soon.”