Former fans' favourite Kieran O'Regan insists there is plenty to smile about at Huddersfield Town as the Terriers look to shake-off a miserable Christmas over new year.
Town twice blew the opportunity to move into League One's automatic promotion places – losing 1-0 at home to Hartlepool United on Boxing Day and then getting thumped 4-1 at Southampton two days later.
However, the Terriers remain in third place albeit having played at least a game more than most and O'Regan feels his former side remain handily placed approaching tomorrow's trip to future JP Trophy opponents Carlisle United (3pm) and Monday's huge televised home clash
with second-placed Sheffield Wednesday (12.15pm).
Two defeats and Town could easily find themselves outside the play-offs but two victories would likely take Lee Clark's side back into the top two.
And, with the Terriers also in the FA Cup third round and Johnstone's Paint Trophy northern area final, former midfielder O'Regan remains in upbeat mood.
"It's been disappointing lately but if you look at it as it stands at the moment they are still third in the table, they're still in the Johnstone's Paint and they're still in the FA Cup," said O'Regan.
"You've got take the positives out of it really and I don't think I've seen the team play as well as they can do and yet we are in a pretty decent position.
"I suppose the little bit of concern at the minute is that they need to start performing consistently week-in, week-out."