BRENTFORD manager Steve Coppell sang the praises of Leon Knight last night after cursing the fact he was playing.
Coppell lost one of his own loan players, Steve Sidwell of Arsenal, to the England Under 20 squad while Knight was retained by Town.
"I was really surprised when Knight was playing, but Lou Macari has to think about Huddersfield and looking after the club in the best way he knows how," said Coppell.
"Knight is an outstanding player and he can bring to a game what most Second Division clubs haven't got - match-winning ability in his own right.
"He has pace and he's a little bit different on the ball.
"By and large I thought we handled him very well, but we still conceded the goal."
Coppell admitted he was "very grateful" to head south with a point thanks to Ben Burgess's late saver.
"Huddersfield are potent and made it as hard as we had expected," he commented.
"We don't have any stars or outstanding individual talent who can win us matches, so we have to have a team mentality and graft hard, and it has served us okay so far.
"It really is a week to week existence in the Second Division because you never know what is going to happen.
"Teams play so many different ways that the 46 matches in the Second Division seem so much longer than in any other division.
"I just hope that fortune shines on us as far as injuries and suspensions are concerned, because that's going to be vital as the season progresses. I don't feel anyone has strength in depth, so clubs are always wary of losing key players at vital times."
Coppell, who was beaten 7-1 on his last visit to the McAlpine with Crystal Palace, said he had no complaints about his team's performance.
"I would not have been moaning if they had lost because as far as I'm concerned they did nothing wrong," he said.
"They battled for 90 minutes and got a break in the last of those minutes, which can happens sometimes if you have a go."
On the 7-1, he added: "I fancied Huddersfield that day to go very close to promotion and yet here we are, not so far down the line, and they are playing in the Second Division with a vastly different team."