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2 October 2012

Town’s ‘keeper on the defeat to Leicester

Huddersfield Town goalkeeper Alex Smithies believes the squad has to move on from the defeat to Leicester City quickly and focus on Saturday’s trip to Birmingham.

Two superb strikes from Foxes winger Anthony Knockaert gave the visitors a deserved victory on the evening and Smithies admitted the Terriers weren’t at their best on the evening. 

“They’ve scored two good goals, but ideally we want to stop the shots before they can get there. Unfortunately we didn’t do that tonight,” Alex told

“Looking around the dressing room, we have got to be getting results in this League with the players we’ve got and tonight we just weren’t at it whatsoever, as with Saturday. We just have to turn things around quickly. 

“It’s massive for us now that we move on quickly and we grind out a result on Saturday to give us a bit of confidence ahead of the international break. 

“Make no mistake about it – Leicester is a massive club and they are pushing for a Premier League. However, we are a good team, as we showed against the likes of Blackpool and Sheffield Wednesday; we can go and beat teams in this League. We just didn’t compete enough tonight, as on Saturday, and we need to show a bit of character to get a result on Saturday and move on from there.”

Despite the second setback in four days after the previous home defeat to Watford, Smithies believes that Town have had a decent start to life in the second tier.  

“People do have to put things in perspective; we were in League 1 last year and it is difficult to stay at the top of the Championship. Despite that, we have brought players in that are capable of doing it and we feel we can – and should – be beating teams. 

“I take a lot of pride in the defensive record, as for most of the game that’s all I can do – I don’t have much input in scoring goals. I just want to keep the ball out as well as we can, as we do as a unit, and if we go to Birmingham and keep a clean sheet I fancy us to score goals. 

“Birmingham is another big game for us and we know what they are about. We’ll go there wanting to win, as we do every game, but we’re not doing too badly – we’re not at the bottom of the League. We just need to grind out results and make it a bit more comfortable.

“It’s going to take character in every game, because they are difficult, but we’re going to work hard to put some results together.”

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