Boss David Wagner hailed the spirit and resilience of his Huddersfield Town side after they forced a 1-1 draw at MK Dons after going down to 10 men.

The harsh sending off of teenage midfielder Philip Billing, less than four minutes after his introduction as a half-time substitute, left Town, trailing to Alex Revell’s first-half goal, with an uphill task.

But Nahki Wells forced an 85th-minute equaliser, and Wagner, who revealed Town will appeal against Billing’s straight red card for a foul on Jake Forster-Caskey, said: “The result feels like a positive.

“The first half was one of the worst we have played together. We missed nearly everything we had spoken about beforehand.

“We didn’t build up our fighting zone, in fact it was more of a jogging zone. Without the right fighting attitude, you don’t get anything in the Championship.

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“At half-time I told the lads the reaction was vital, that we can lose a game, but not because we are missing out fighting attitude. That’s not possible.

“I thought the way we played was great, especially after young down to 10 men, we stayed in the game and scored a good goal."

On Billing’s dismissal Wagner, whose side fell a place to 16th, said: “It was a foul, but in my opinion a yellow card. Phil is a tall guy so sometimes it seems his leg is higher than it is.

“He is 19 years old and not an unfair player. He had a bad first touch in this situation and then came too late when he tried to save the ball, but I don’t think it was a red card.”