Mark Robins hailed the resolve and resilience shown by his Huddersfield Town side, but bemoaned the late lapse which allowed play-off chasing Brighton to force a 1-1 draw at the John Smith’s Stadium.

While the Seagulls forced their way into the top six, at least until today’s Championship matches, Town remained 17th.

And they will be hoping Leeds can win at Barnsley and Middlesbrough beat Millwall on Teesside in order to maintain a seven-point buffer between themselves and the drop zone.

Ollie Norwood’s sixth-minute goal, driven in direct from a free-kick, was cancelled out by Bruno Salter’s 83rd-minute reply.

Now Town head to basement side Yeovil on Monday seeking a first win in 11 games.

Robins, who will watch next Saturday’s visitors Leicester take on QPR this afternoon, said: “It was a good point in some ways but cruel in others, because it might well have been all three.

“We would have been good value for a win but we switched off.

 

“We also created some very decent chances, but Brighton are a good side and sometimes you have to hold your hands up and say they are better at what they do at this moment in time, and they are a benchmark for us.”

Skipper Peter Clarke will be back from suspension for the Yeovil trip while Robins will check on Tommy Smith and Danny Ward, who missed out against Brighton after taking knocks in training.

The boss added: “We’re down to the bare bones, but we were resilient and gritty. Now we need to be the same at Yeovil and take the three points on offer.”

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