Colchester United manager John Ward admitted his side were well beaten by Huddersfield as the only remaining unbeaten record in League One came to an end.
Goals from Lee Novak, Jordan Rhodes and Anthony Pilkington gave the Terriers a comfortable 3-0 win which was only soured when substitute Lee Croft was dismissed late on for two bookings.
Ward said: "It was a disappointing way for our unbeaten run to come to an end, particularly at home. We've been beaten by the better side and we have to put our hands up to that."
He added: "Huddersfield played very, very well - the best team won and we looked a little tired.
"Credit to the opposition - we all tend to look at ourselves but the best team has won the game. They are the best team we've played against all season."
Huddersfield manager Lee Clark was thrilled with his side's performance and insisted that he had no reason to panic over their recent poor form.
He said: "When a man like John Ward says that we were the best team that they've played so far this season then it means a lot. I know John and I know how highly respected he is.
"He was a coach of mine a long time ago at under-21 level with England and when a man like that says something like that about my team, it means a lot because I have so much respect for him.
"We're not interested in sending out statements about anything.
"We want to win as many football games as possible but we're not trying to tell people what we're want to do."
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