TEN-MAN Huddersfield Town showed tenacity, character and patience to salvage a much-deserved point in soggy South-East London.
Credit Adam Clayton for the cool way he put away the late penalty which cancelled out Rob Hulse’s 60th-minute opener for the Addicks.
Credit keeper Alex Smithies for the superb stoppage-time save which denied Hulse what would have been a cruel winner.
Credit manager Simon Grayson for keeping calm after the first-half sending off of Keith Southern, coming up with a revised gameplan and making good use of his three substitutes.
But don’t credit referee Lee Collins, whose decision to show Southern a straight red card for his 35t-minute challenge on Michael Morrison spoiled the game as a spectacle and brought criticism from both managers.
It didn’t look a sending-off offence from the press box, perched high in the main stand and providing a panoramic view at The Valley, or judging by the reaction of the Town fans, from behind the goal Charlton were attacking.
And it didn’t look a sending-off offence from the television replays, more a collision of two players committed to winning the ball on a greasy surface.
“I couldn’t see anything amiss with the tackle,” said Clayton, who vied for possession subsequently.
“I went to try and win the second ball because I assumed it was play-on.
“It was frustrating because it massively influenced the game.
“Once you are down to 10 men, you’re not out of it, but you’ve got an uphill task.”
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Having more than matched the hosts up until the third dismissal for a Town player this season (after Joel Lynch at Sheffield Wednesday and Jack Hunt at Millwall), Grayson’s side set about the task of denying Charlton a fourth successive win with gusto.