Huddersfield boss Lee Clark hopes to get the green light to sign a striker on loan after Alan Lee was sent off in the 1-0 victory against Walsall.

Lee was shown a straight red card by referee Steve Rushton, who adjudged the former Crystal Palace man to have elbowed Saddlers defender Manny Smith. In-form winger Anthony Pilkington produced a fine finish to ensure the Terriers secured all three points to move up to second in the table.

And Clark said: "I will have to talk to the board. I have a lean squad this season but no-one could have anticipated being without five players who would be in the starting line up every week.''

Lee is now facing a three-match ban to leave Clark short of attacking options. Town are also without injury victims Gary Roberts, Gary Naysmith, Lee Novak and Alex Smithies.

Clark added: "The lads stuck together and battled and scrapped for everything. They all put in one hell of a shift and did more than their usual jobs. This result is more important than our league position. It shows the players are fighting and battling for the club.''

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