HUDDERSFIELD Town manager Simon Grayson admitted his disappointment as his side lost a two goal lead in last night’s 2-2 League I stalemate at Stevenage.
But the new boss insisted: “I don’t think we made any fundamental mistakes and sometimes you have to give credit the opposition.”
Town led with early second half strikes from Danny Ward, his third of the season, and striker Lee Novak, his 12th, in front of a 3,059 Broadhall Way crowd which included 702 Town followers.
However, Stevenage hit back through Michael Bostwick after 72 minutes and, after a superb penalty save from Alex Smithies in the Town goal from Scott Laird, substitute Robin Shroot levelled with a minute of normal time remaining.
“To be in a good position with 20 minutes to go makes it feel a bit like a defeat, but if you don’t win you make sure you don’t lose,” said Grayson.
“I don’t think we made fundamental mistakes and I can’t fault the team’s attitude work-rate and commitment.
“The statistics show this is a difficult place to come and that Stevenage are strong second half side and when they pulled a goal back they got the momentum and the crowd behind them.
“Maybe we could have dealt with their first goal better by not conceding a corner, and we don’t think it was a penalty when Sean Morrison was ruled to have fouled Laurie Wilson.
“For the equaliser they got the ball into our box and their player gambled and it came off and basically you have to credit them for that.
“But we have taken four points from the first six available to me and with 14 games to go we are still very positive because I was pleased with large parts of this performance.”