HUDDERSFIELD TOWN caretaker boss Mark Lillis shrugged off ugly post match scenes involving opposite number Ian Holloway to praise ‘a fantastic’ 1-0 win over Crystal Palace for his team.
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN caretaker boss Mark Lillis shrugged off ugly post match scenes involving opposite
number Ian Holloway to praise ‘a fantastic’ 1-0 win over Crystal Palace for his team.
Stewards were needed to patrol the tunnel area at the John Smith’s Stadium after the final whistle, with Holloway accusing Town’s former Palace player Alan Lee of throwing an elbow late in the game.
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Lee was confronted on the pitch by several Palace players immediately after referee Carl Boyeson signalled the end of a tense game after six minutes of time added on.
Caretaker manager Lillis said he had not witnessed any of the incidents, saying: “I was on the pitch applauding our supporters because they played a huge role in what was a massive win.”
James Vaughan, another former Palace player, clinched Town’s first win in 13 Championship games which lifted the side to 16th in the table, with a coolly taken 65th minute goal – his fifth of the season.
Lillis continued: “That goal will have been a huge lift for James. He is a striker, and strikers thrive on scoring.
“He hasn’t got many goals of late, but hopefully he will be back on track now.”
Lillis also had praise for Town’s defensive effort after the threat of Palace’s star wingers Wilfried Zaha and Yanick Bolasie was snuffed out with Town full-backs Jack Hunt and Calum Woods to the fore.
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“It was a great defensive effort by all the team, and it feels fantastic top have got this win in a match which really mattered,” said Lillis.
“We will enjoy it for a few hours, but as soon as we are back on the training ground we will be focused on Saturday’s trip to Derby and the bid for another three points.”