PAUL DIXON pulled no punches in his assessment of Huddersfield Town’s defeat agaisnt Brighton and reckoned: "We were the architects of our own downfall."
The Scotland international was the pick for Simon Grayson’s side on a day when honest endeavour was their best attribute.
His raiding down the left and the quality of his crossing marked out the No3, who only returned to Town training on Friday after playing for Billy Stark’s international side in their midweek friendly in Luxembourg.
"We have caused our own downfall with two silly mistakes which cost us," said Dixon.
"In the second half, when we got at them, they never threatened us. They had one chance when they caught us on the break, but we were architects of our own downfall.
" In the first half we were particularly poor, but I thought we improved in the second half."
The mistakes Dixon pointed out led to Will Buckley netting a double which, eventually, was enough to win the game despite Simon Church’s late strike – the first of his loan spell.
"The dressing room is disappointed, because the game was there for us," he added. "Two of our own mistakes have cost us the game. We lacked concentration for the first goal when they took a quick short corner and then Keith (Southern) got caught on the ball in the middle of the park and they broke on us for the second.
"We showed resilience and fought back in the second half, but just couldn’t earn a draw."
Dixon believes Town’s penchant for battling will stand them in good stead this season, even though it wasn’t enough to prevent Brighton earning only a second win in 10 games (they are unbeaten in five).
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"There have been a couple of fightbacks this season – the games against Blackburn and Nottingham Forest come to mind," he pointed out. "It was unfortunate that we couldn’t quite get the second goal to earn us a draw.
"I think there were a few decent penalty claims in the second half; Brighton's defenders were all over the back of Big Alan (Lee) on a number of occasions and if they are not penalties then I don’t know what are."
So can Town go to Charlton on Saturday and launch an immediate recovery?
"We wouldn’t be where we are in the table if we weren’t a good team. We have put in the performances this season and we can do it again. We just have to eradicate the silly mistakes and we will be fine."