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Clark turns to old boss for favour

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Lee Clark is hoping his former manager Peter Reid can do Huddersfield a massive favour and improve their chances of automatic promotion.

A last-minute goal from substitute Danny Ward kept Huddersfield hot on the heels of second-placed Southampton following a 3-2 win at Brighton. Southampton currently occupy the second automatic promotion spot on goal difference, but visit Reid's relegation-threatened Plymouth side on Monday in their crucial game in hand.

Clark, signed by Reid when he was in charge at Sunderland says he has "massive respect" for his former boss and added: "I just hope he can pull it off for us. He's very motivated, has done a fantastic job in difficult circumstances at Plymouth and kept them fighting all season. Let's hope he can give me a helping hand."

Clark believes his men have got the necessary "desire and commitment" to prevail in the play-offs should they ultimately miss out on the second automatic promotion place.

He added: "We've got two chances at the moment. We can be promoted automatically or be in the play-offs. We'd like to finish second, but if it's the play-offs we'll be ready.

"We've got fantastic motivation and tremendous belief."

Brighton have now lost two successive home games and have drawn at Colchester, but this narrow defeat did nothing to dampen the excitement of Seagulls fans, who saw their side presented with the trophy after the game..

Manager Gus Poyet is already turning his attention to preparing for life in the Championship and believes he needs to sign "six or seven players".

He said: "Us winning League One is like Tottenham winning the Premier League. We want to improve the squad, but if you want the best you have to pay for it. I never complain about how much we spend because Huddersfield and Southampton will always be able to spend more.

"We were the best team in the league by far. But teams like Huddersfield and Southampton have better individuals. The players deserve more credit than they got. At the start of the season we only had the fifth or sixth highest budget in the league and we are champions. It's unbelievable."

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