WHAT a shame Huddersfield Town couldn’t hold on for the FA Cup victory their dominance deserved.
There would have been no happier man in Huddersfield than Mark Lillis had Leicester been dispatched.
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His accent gives away his Mancunian roots, but likeable and hugely experienced Lillis is a Town man through and through.
It was clear how much he cared as a player under Mick Buxton, and now in caretaker charge after Simon Grayson’s departure, his attitude hasn’t changed one iota.
Saturday’s performance mirrored the man – positive, wholehearted and committed – and it very nearly clinched that much-craved win.
With Town refusing to put a timescale on their new managerial appointment, perhaps Lillis will get another chance to go for victory when Crystal Palace visit in the Championship on Wednesday.
And another display like this one will give Town a fighting chance of collecting a first three-point haul in 13 league games.
Leicester, who have put eight goals past Town in their two league games this season, were limited to just a handful of chances.
Alex Smithies made one good save from Chris Wood, but couldn’t prevent the in-form Kiwi pouncing to cancel out Lee Novak’s 74th-minue penalty.
There were eight minutes left on the clock when Ritchie De Laet crossed and Wood seized on a dummy by Lloyd Dyer, who had given away the spot kick by fouling Jack Hunt, to shoot home.