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SIMON PLEASED WITH LATE LEVELLER

21 August 2012

Manager happy to get first point on the board

Simon Grayson admitted his relief and pleasure after seeing his side score a late leveller to earn their first point of their Championship campaign.

Jordan Rhodes rescued a point for the Terriers after Jack Hunt had been felled in the box by Dan Harding and Simon was pleased to see the first point go on the board.

“You want to try and get as many points on the board as early as you can,” said Simon. “We have had a really tough start to the season against Cardiff and Nottingham Forest – two teams that have realistic aspirations of getting into the Premier League.

“They caused us a number of problems tonight with their movement and passing and we will need to learn from that to help us improve over the course of the season. Despite their possession in the first half we had some good chances and even before they scored we missed a good opportunity when Oliver Norwood hit one over the bar. That is the Championship for you though.

“I am delighted with the way that we have competed over the last two matches and we will keep working hard on the training pitch to eradicate errors in our game going forward and in defence.”

Town suffered heartbreak at Cardiff last time out going down to a late goal and showed desire tonight to earn one of their own.

“I spoke to the players after the Cardiff game and told them that there will be occasions when we score late goals when we maybe don’t deserve anything out of the game. We have to learn quickly because the Championship is a new experience for a lot of our players. The players need to learn from the experiences of the last two games as do the fans because it won’t be like last year where we were the favorites a lot of the time.”

He continued: “We showed good desire and continued to work until the end. Jack Hunt optimised that and showed good willingness to break into the box and up stepped Mr Cool to slot the ball home. I want to instil that type of determination into the players because I believe they have it – if the game had gone on for a couple more minutes we may have won. I am pleased with what we did tonight and against Cardiff on Friday.”

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