Huddersfield Town's Hunt on goals and the grab that provoked Jamie McCombe

STAR defender Jack Hunt claimed a Vinny Jones-style grabbing incident led shell-shocked Town to throw away a two-goal lead.

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STAR defender Jack Hunt claimed a Vinny Jones-style grabbing incident led shell-shocked Huddersfield Town to throw away a two-goal lead.

Jamie McCombe lashed out in retaliation at Leyton Orient’s George Porter after the midfielder allegedly squeezed a delicate part of McCombe’s body.

The initial penalty-area contact on 84 minutes was not seen by referee Rob Lewis, so Porter, who had an otherwise outstanding game, went unpunished.

Centre-back McCombe, apparently devastated by his actions afterwards, was not as lucky. He was given a straight red and now faces a three-match ban.

In a quirk of the football rulebook, the visitors were not given a spot kick as the ball was not in play. McCombe and Porter were jostling while waiting for a corner to be taken.

Ex-footballer turned actor Vinny Jones earned notoriety when caught on camera perpetrating a similar grab on Paul Gascoigne in the 1980s.

McCombe’s dismissal sparked a chaotic closing spell in which the Terriers shipped two goals, including one from the corner when it was finally taken.

Hunt, when asked about the initial X-rated grab, said: “That is the case. I didn’t see it myself, all I know is what Jamie himself told us.

“Their lad grabbed him first and Jamie lashed out.

“But it doesn’t matter where he was grabbed, he knows he shouldn’t have retaliated.

“Jamie also knows he’s let us down and has probably cost us two points. But we don’t hold grudges. We’re a family here and a team.”

Hunt was earlier the star of what looked like being a routine win with an assist for Alan Lee’s headed opener and then a lovely long-range drive for the second.

The right-back teed up Lee’s 22nd-minute goal on a plate with a pin-point cross after beating Elliot Omozusi and Dean Cox.

Hunt said: “Everybody knows I love to go forward. One of the things I think I’m good at is taking people on.”

On his goal, which was a curling finish with the outside of his right boot, he added: “It was just the way the ball came across me. I hit it and it was nice to see it go in.

“But I’d rather have the three points than get a goal, an assist and man-of-the-match. We need to win games. At the moment we’re drawing too many.

“I also like to collect things like man-of-match awards with pride and it was a bit harder to do that after the way the game ended.”

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