Huddersfield Town fell to defeat in the dying seconds at home to Middlesbrough as Grant Leadbitter slammed home a late penalty to secure a 2-1 win for the Teessiders.

Leadbitter had steered his side into the ascendency with a 35-yard free kick which whistled past Alex Smithies into the top corner, but substitute Jonathan Stead looked to have given the Terriers a share of the spoils with a clever finish from Danny Ward's cross until the Boro captain's late intervention.

But how did each Town player rank in the defeat to Aitor Karanka's side?

See our player ratings below.

 

Smithies - Was vocal and dominant from set pieces but his distribution was let down by the fact Town had no-one who could compete aerially at the apex of the attack. Made some smart saves and was always quick off his line to deal with danger, but had no chance with either goal. 6.

Smith - Endured a torrid afternoon, compounded by an inexplicable decision to haul back Reach in injury time which gave Leadbitter the chance to win the game, which he did. Looked inhibited for the entirety of the contest, surprisingly for him, and it ultimately proved costly. 5.

Hudson - Was touted as a potential leader in the backline and certainly showed enough evidence to suggest he can be an authoritative presence at the heart of defence on his debut as he cajoled those around him and made several clearances. Was caught for pace on a few occasions. 6.

Lynch - Used Hudson's presence at the back as an invite to come forwards with the ball but his use of it was not always effective. Commanding in the air, but struggled at times to deal with the movement of Lee Tomlin and Kike around him. 6.

Robinson - Albert Adomah's pace and desire to stick wide seemed to peg back the recent loan signing, whose home debut was a tough one. He threw his body on the line on multiple occasions and was a tough competitor throughout but struggled with the ball when under pressure. 5.

Butterfield - Did not suit the right side of midfield whatsoever. Kept trying to drive inside and dictate, which he is much more effective at doing. His most crucial moment came centrally as he devised the opportunity for Stead's goal. 6.

Peltier - Strong in the middle of the park and allowed Conor Coady to have a slightly more liberated role in midfield, but he too failed to find an answer to Tomlin and Kike's desire to drop deep and influence proceedings. 6.

Coady - Was one of few to truly force the issue in midfield and some of his driving runs and the adventure in his passing showed a clear passion but it proved in vain with several others not on the same wavelength. 6.

Bunn - Has failed to recapture the heights of his Madejski masterclass in the 2-1 win at Reading and he was sadly unable to offer enough in attack here either. Showed a willingness to track back and help Robinson but it perhaps impacted on his offensive offerings. 5.

Vaughan - Only lasted 26 minutes after falling foul to injury once more and just could not get into the game. His afternoon was best summed up by a poor touch when laid through by Wells which saw him foul Konstantopoulos and receive a yellow card. 5.

Wells - Was the brightest player in attack for Town, who struggled to maintain any real rhythm once they ventured forwards. Went close with an early over-head kick but was too often isolated and was given no support by Stead. 6.

Substitutes:

Stead - Looked like going from zero to hero as his late intervention nearly rescued a result for Town, but it failed to mask a below-par display. Came on to replace Vaughan early on and, while the endeavour was there, the quality was not. Offered no sort of focal point or support to Wells but wins some plaudits for being Johnny on the spot for the goal. 5.

Lolley - Was handed a poisoned chalice by being thrown in midway through the second period when the energy from the Terriers' game had been sapped. At least tried to get his side going and one burst of pace made every Boro player sit up and take notice. Had one late shot crash into an offside Stead. 6.

Ward - It was refreshing to see him show a lot of character after some recent subdued outings and deserves great credit for his cross for the goal after some threatening centres before that. 6.