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Huddersfield Town manager Simon Grayson on the evolving gameplan which earned a point at Charlton Athletic

HUDDERSFIELD Town boss Simon Grayson hailed a hard-fought point at The Valley and said: “The lads played with their heads.”

Simon Grayson

HUDDERSFIELD Town boss Simon Grayson hailed a hard-fought point at The Valley and said: “The lads played with their heads.”

Town’s manager had to revise his gameplan after Keith Southern’s disputed dismissal in the 35th minute and again after Rob Hulse put Charlton ahead in the 60th.

“Going down to 10 men so early makes it difficult,” said Grayson after the third red card of midfielder Southern’s lengthy career and the third of the season for a Town player after Joel Lynch and Jack Hunt.

“Full credit to the players because they showed a fantastic attitude, and played with their heads rather than their hearts.

“It was crucial they stuck to the plan because we had to try to contain Charlton and keep possession as much as we could and after they scored, stay within touching distance.

“Being a man down, we couldn’t go too gung-ho, and the plan was to use our substitutes at the best time, make sure they didn’t get a second goal and give it a real push for the final 10 minutes.

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“I was disappointed with the goal we conceded because it wasn’t because we were down to 10 men. It was a poor clearance by Peter Clarke, then a simple ball into the box.

“It then became absolutely crucial that we limited them to one goal, because we always thought an opportunity would come our way.”

Grayson admitted he wasn’t sure what the penalty, confidently converted by Adam Clayton in the 88th minute, was given for.

“It was all a bit of a confusion, but in the dressing room afterwards, the lads said it was for a raised foot by Chris Solly on Peter Clarke,” he explained.

“I have to say I would have been disappointed had it been given against us, and perhaps I’m being cynical, but I wonder if we would have got it had Keith not been sent off?

“But it would have been a travesty had we lost the match, and we certainly deserved that point.”

Grayson was the last man down the tunnel after he and his players took time to applaud Town’s 1,085-strong travelling support in a 20,012 crowd at the South-East London venue.

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“The fans deserved the point as much as the players,” added Grayson, whose side are 10th.

“They gave us fantastic support throughout, and when we went down to 10 men, really helped us out.

“I’m sure they will be back out in force at Middlesbrough tomorrow, and we’ll be doing our best to give them a win to celebrate.”

Town, who are 10th, head to the Riverside for the first time since the 1997-98 season wary of a backlash from fourth-placed Boro, who were beaten 3-1 at home to Bristol City.

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