LEE CLARK surveyed Huddersfield Town’s hard-fought win over Stevenage and proclaimed: “At the end of the season, it’s your points tally that counts.”
Clark, who saw the visitors miss a late penalty and played down a post-match skirmish after opposition coach Dino Maamria’s refusal to shake his hand, said: “We found a way to win.
“I’m sure that when Brighton and Southampton got promoted last season, they didn’t play brilliantly all the time, but they still got points on board.
“And look at Manchester United. They are a sensational side with sensational players, but sometimes they just win because they’re methodical.
“We all want to play fluent one and two-touch passing football for 90 minutes but that can’t always be the case, and we showed character in this game.
“The lads dug deep and battled and fought for everything.
“We got a bit of luck with the penalty miss (John Mousinho fired over from the spot in the 88th minute) but I’ve always been told if you work hard you make your own luck.”
On the game overall, Clark commented: “For the first 30 minutes we were excellent but didn’t look like we were going to get the goal, then just before half-time in our quietest spell of the game, we went one up.
“In the second half for some reason, we stopped doing the good things in terms of passing and moving and let them back into the game.
“You could see what was happening. We were getting a bit too deep, although Ian Bennett said their equaliser took a bit of a deflection.”
Of the on-pitch post-match jostling which involved players and coaching staff from both sides side, Clark said: “I shook Graham Westley’s hand – quite strongly because of some of the stuff that had gone on – and he accepted it.
“His assistant didn’t want to shake my hand, and that’s no problem.
“When sides use gamesmanship, some people get a bit upset but when they’re using it, that seems to be fine.”
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