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6 November 2012

Two-goal hero Lee delighted by last minute drama

Lee Novak admitted the dressing room is buzzing after the last gasp goal that gave the Terriers a dramatic 2-2 home draw against Blackburn Rovers.

The 24 year-old striker notched both of Town’s goals in the tough match against the side recently relegated from the Premier League and explained that he thought the side were well worth a point.

“I just challenged the ‘keeper and luckily it bounced back and went in,” Lee said of his second goal. 

“The point is massive, but I thought we deserved a bit more really; I wasn’t sure if it was a penalty for their second goal, but sometimes these decisions don’t go your way. Luckily we got the equaliser in the last minute.

“We were a bit gutted about the penalty, but the Gaffer showed his intentions from the sidelines and brought ‘Big Al’ on, who I thought was magnificent when he came on. He also pushed ‘Clayts’ in there with us, who I thought was brilliant all game. With the wide men and central midfielders we have, we are always going to create chances and thankfully the one at the end went in.

“It was hard work, but I’ll run until I can’t run any more. I’m just glad that we got two goals and that we got a point after being behind for so long.”

Town’s fans celebrated the last minute equaliser with gusto and Novak – who was sporting a bust lip after a collision with a Blackburn defender – explained he was delighted to reward the terrific support. 

“The fans have been unbelievable all season, but they came out in their numbers tonight and were brilliant. They stayed right until the end and I’m glad we could reward them with the equaliser. Jordan (Rhodes) got a good reception as well, which he deserved.”

Novak came up against his close friend Jordan Rhodes on the pitch tonight and admitted it felt strange to line up against the former Town man. 

“It was weird to see him lining up for the other team in the tunnel actually! I told him before the game I was going to kick him, but I never got near him! We’re still best of mates and I’m glad he’s doing well there, but we have to move on. I’ve outscored him tonight, so I’ll be ringing him tomorrow!”

Novak’s brace took him to four goals for the season, but he admitted that with the strikers Town have at the Club that is no guarantee of a place at Barnsley on Saturday.

“I think we’ve got four good strikers here and whichever two play, they know the other two aren’t far behind them and can come in. Jermaine Beckford and James Vaughan are brilliant strikers, but so is Alan Lee and we all want to do the best for the Club.” 

Next up for Simon Grayson’s side is the short trip to Barnsley on Saturday and Novak wants the team to carry tonight’s momentum into the game.

“To get an equaliser against Blackburn in the last minute is a big lift, so we’ll go into Saturday with a lot of confidence. The dressing room is buzzing now – it feels like a win.

“Hopefully my lip is sorted by then! The fans will come in their numbers for a local derby and we want to go there and get three points.”

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