HUDDERSFIELD Town boss Simon Grayson savoured a first win at Oakwell as a manager and explained concentration throughout his entire Town team was the key to three valuable points.
The boss endured a 4-1 loss with Leeds last season and a 5-2 defeat the campaign before, having twice suffered 2-1 setbacks while in charge of Blackpool.
“It’s great to be conducting an interview here after a win,” smiled Grayson, whose side are back in the Championship play-off places after inflicting a fourth successive defeat on Keith Hill’s 21st-placed Reds.
“It was a very professional performance full of quality, hard work and endeavour – all characteristics needed to win games in this division.
“I know as well as anyone that Oakwell is a difficult place to come, especially for a derby, but we did ever so well, put them under pressure and created some good chances.
“At one up you always worry they will nick one but we saw the game out well.
“I criticised the players at Millwall (where Town lost 4-0 last month) because of lack of discipline, but we were the other way today.
“We went a little bit too long too early at times in first half, but we passed it far better in the second half.
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“Concentration is key in this league and we kept it up having been punished in previous games. We had that strong desire not to lose.”
Grayson was delighted with the debut performance of striker Simon Church, signed on loan from Reading two days previously.
“I thought he did very well and was unfortunate not to get on the scoresheet,” said Grayson, who saw Jermaine Beckford head home Church’s cross for the 36th-minute winner.
“Simon worked well in different roles, down the right and then down the middle.
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“It’s an exciting prospect when you can put out Sean Scannell, Jermaine Beckford, Lee Novak and Simon Church.
“Sean showed good quality all through the game and worked extremely hard.
“He produced a good pass to Simon, who made a great run and delivered the key ball in.
“Jermaine got across the defender and did what he is so good at, and it was a really nice goal.”