SIMON GRAYSON will err on the side of caution and the odds are Huddersfield Town will not appeal Joel Lynch’s sending-off at Sheffield Wednesday.
The Town boss – delighted with the 3-1 win at Hillsborough – knows the centre-back is facing a three-game ban after being shown a straight red for his mistimed challenge on Michail Antonio in a victory which took his side sixth in the Championship table.
Grayson felt the dismissal by referee Graham Salisbury was harsh, but there is little in the video replays to suggest Town will get the decision overturned, so they are highly unlikely to risk the punishment being extended.
While Kallum Higginbotham could well make a loan move to Carlisle United in the next 24 hours, Grayson is already focusing on Monday’s trip to his old club Blackpool and praising his team’s fortitude in a tremendous start to the campaign.
Town led 2-0 through Oliver Norwood and Lee Novak before Reda Johnson pulled one back. Lynch and Wednesday’s Joe Mattock were then sent-off before half time, Adam Clayton sealing the points for Town from the spot with 20 minutes left.
“The players’ man-management of their game is fantastic at the moment,” said Grayson, who confirmed Adam Hammill (knee) is unlikely to figure at Bloomfield Road.
“When I came to the club last year the players were a little naive, but they are learning all the time. It’s a different group, of course, and we’ve made good acquisitions who have experience at this level and higher.
“We played one or two too many short passes and could have been more positive in the second-half - knocking it 15 yards to make an impact rather than five yards - but that’s just me being picky with the players.
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“We gave them an opportunity to counter attack on one or two occasions and, again, I’m being picky, because it’s a buoyant dressing room at the moment and there is fantastic spirit in the team.
“I am delighted that we have come to a very difficult place, withstood a lot of pressure and come away with three points.”
Grayson picked out Danny Ward and James Vaughan – who operated up front on his own when Town were down to 10 – for special praise.