BOSS Lee Clark praised his players and match-winner Nathan Clarke the fans as Town savoured a third successive derby win over Leeds.
The centre-back’s 16th-minute header, his third goal of the season, gave the manager his fifth win and put Town ninth, a point behind their arch-rivals from along the M62 and just four adrift of the play-off places.
“I’m very proud,” said Clark. “You could see what it meant to the supporters come the final whistle, and by my reaction, what it meant to me.
“I was delighted by what the players gave me in terms of their desire, effort and commitment, and that’s exactly what’s needed in derbies. It was a sweet victory.”
Clark, who was today checking out the injuries which forced Lionel Ainsworth (thigh) and Gary Roberts (groin) out of the action early, added: “Simon Grayson (the Leeds manager) might feel a bit aggrieved because we were under pressure in the second half and couldn’t get a foothold.
“It could be that we didn’t get into position to pass it and move it as quickly as we were doing in the first half, or simply that Leeds had the momentum.
“But my goalkeeper and back four were outstanding and it was a terrific clean sheet to keep.
“In the final analysis, derbies are more about the result than the performance, and we won.”
Centre-back Clarke said home fans in a bumper 20,928 crowd (3,955 were from Leeds) had played a crucial role.
“They were very loud and really got behind us and from where I was, they looked as though they really enjoyed the victory,” he said.
“It’s great to play in front of so many, and the thought of having more days like this is a great incentive to push towards the Championship.
“We’ve got a good squad with some great characters, a great management team and great supporters. Why shouldn’t we get promotion?”
Of his goal, Clarke explained: “I always go up for set-pieces, so it’s great to get on the end of one.
“I managed to lose my marker and get a clean connection to the ball and it was brilliant to see it go in.
“We’d talked about the importance of making a nice, bright start and ensuring we competed with them, so it was a really good time to score.
“We knew they would get a shouting at half-time and that they would come out all guns blazing, but we defended well as a team.”
Leeds boss Grayson said: “I was immensely proud of my players and I don’t think they could have given any more. The opposition goalkeeper was man-of-the-match, which is telling.
“Huddersfield never got out of their own half in the second half and if we keep playing like that, we’ll win more matches than we lose.”