Upbeat Jonathan Hogg insists Huddersfield Town have what it takes to overcome the loss of his fellow midfielder Jacob Butterfield and climb the Championship table.

It’s been tough going for the John Smith’s Stadium faithful so far this season.

Their team are in the relegation zone, albeit after five games, and have yet to pick up a win in six in all competitions, and have lost their reigning Player of the Year to Championship rivals Derby County.

But former Watford man Hogg insists their three-point tally is far from a fair reflection of the quality of the performances they have produced under Chris Powell, who has just celebrated the first anniversary of his appointment.

Pic by James Griffiths Sky Bet Championship Fulham v Huddersfield Town 22-08-2015 Chris Powell

And as the 26-year-old looked ahead to Saturday’s trip to Cardiff City, he argued: “We have three points from three draws, but we could have had six, seven or eight points and that’s the bad luck we have had.

“At Fulham the other week, we should have won, they scored very late on, and against Queens Park Rangers last time out, I thought we were the better team and should have had a draw at the very least.

“Things just don’t seem to be falling for us at the moment and we need something to get us going again. The way we are performing, it’s only a matter of time before we get that first win.”

It’s been a busy start to the campaign, Hogg’s third at the club since his £400,000 switch from the Hornets.

And that 1-0 home defeat to QPR sent Powell’s side into the current international break on a downer.

Butterfield was a transfer deadline day departure in a deal which could net Town up to £6m.

“He is a quality player,” said Hogg, who started out at hometown club Middlesbrough before moving to Aston Villa in 2009, then Watford two years later.

Jacob Butterfield in his Derby County shirt

“Left foot, right foot, his passing is brilliant and, to be fair, he puts a shift in as well.

“We’re sorry to lose him, but it was a good deal for the club and we will move on.

“Good players have left this club before, and it happens at many places.”

Town recruited attack-minded Jamie Paterson on loan from Nottingham Forest on the same day Butterfield went.

They had already brought in Wigan Athletic midfielder Emyr Huws and Middlesbrough winger Mustapha Carayol on temporary terms.

And given the international break, the new boys have had a chance to settle in without the pressure of games.

Huddersfield Town v Queens Park Rangers: A minute's silence before the game.
Huddersfield Town v Queens Park Rangers: A minute's silence before the game.

“I didn’t really want a blank fortnight,” admitted Hogg.

“There’s nothing worse than two weeks off on the back of a defeat.

“It would have been great if we had won it but that didn’t happen.

“But at least we’ve been able to get our heads down and work hard in training to better ourselves.

“Our luck will turn. Suddenly it will go for us and we’ll be up and running.”