CHRIS ATKINSON experienced the high of his first Huddersfield Town goal – and the low of a first defeat in six derby clashes with Leeds.
The 20-year-old midfielder who is back from a loan spell at Chesterfield followed up his outing from the bench at Middlesbrough with a start at the John Smith’s Stadium.
It was his third full appearance for Town, after those at Dagenham and Yeovil during the 2010-11 League I campaign, and his sixth outing in all.
And his composed finish provided Town with a 12th-minute opener.
“I just gambled on moving into space in the box,” said the Halifax-born academy product who scored five goals in his 16 games for Chesterfield.
“Adam Clayton played a lovely ball through to me, and I took a touch and played it beyond the keeper.
“When you get into the box like that, you can’t start slashing at things. You have to be composed, and it was great to find the back of the net, probably the best feeling I’ve had in football.”
Town were unable to build on Atkinson’s goal, with Leeds striking twice in three minutes, then after Clayton’s 43rd-minute leveller from the penalty spot, twice in the second half.