HUDDERSFIELD Town's Adam Clayton earned high praise for the coolly-taken penalty which clinched a point against Charlton for 10-man Town – and a ticking off for his celebration!
The 23-year-old earned a battling 1-1 draw in rain-lashed South-East London, where fellow midfielder Keith Southern was controversially shown a straight red card in the 35th minute.
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Clayton confidently sent keeper Ben Hamer the wrong way from the spot in the 88th minute, after skipper Peter Clarke was ruled to have been fouled by defender Chris Solly.
The pumped-up former Manchester City and Leeds man then raced behind the goal and climbed a perimeter fence in front of Town’s 1,085 travelling supporters.
But he had already been booked – his fifth caution of the Championship campaign means he will serve a one-match ban when Town visit Middlesbrough tomorrow – and Grayson felt he was running the risk of a sending off.
“Clayts looked very composed in putting the penalty away and full marks to him for that,” said Grayson, whose 10th-placed side trailed to Rob Hulse’s 60th-minute opener.
“The booking (for a foul on Bradley Pritchard) is a frustration, but realistically, they are always going to happen for a player who gets involved the way he does.
“I know how much the goal meant to all the lads, because they had put in a really battling and disciplined performance, but it wasn’t worth taking the risk of a second yellow card.
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“That would have brought him a red card and a ban and still left him on four yellows, and also left us to see out the match with nine men.
“I’ve had a word with Adam and he’s taken my points on board.”
Town are appealing against the red card which means a three-match suspension for Southern.