SIMON GRAYSON had no complaints about the late penalty which condemned Huddersfield Town to their first home defeat of the Championship campaign.
Many Town fans in a 12,964 crowd at the John Smith’s Stadium thought Italian frontman Fernando Forestieri had gone to ground too easily under the challenge of Danny Ward.
And referee Gary Sutton gave the 87th-minute spot kick, confidently converted by Troy Deeney on the signal of assistant Danny Gratton.
But Grayson, whose side would have gone top of the table by winning but instead slipped to sixth, said: “Danny has made a tackle and not won the ball and the lad has gone over his leg.
“If the incident had been at the other end I would have been screaming for a penalty.
“Danny has gone in to try to get the ball but I think it was the correct decision and sadly for us it cost us the game.”
Watford’s winner was the last of three goals in five minutes, with Fitz Hall putting them 2-1 ahead before Town substitute Alan Lee, who replaced debutant Jermaine Beckford, headed his first goal of the season.
“We know what Alan will bring to the team,” added Grayson.
“He has plenty of enthusiasm and will work defenders hard and put his head and body where the opposition boots go.
“He produced a fantastic finish to get us back into the game. The whole place was lifted by his goal and it looked like we would draw at least, but the penalty changed that.”
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Grayson’s Championship new boys had won their previous three matches in succession, but he insisted: “It was always going to be a difficult match and we tried to warn everyone of that beforehand.
“We came into it as slight favourites, but you have to be right on it and we were below par.