Football

Clark rides the storm

Clark rides the storm (©PAphotos)
Clark rides the storm (©PAphotos).

Huddersfield manager Lee Clark described his side's stormy 2-1 victory over Stevenage as "one of the best three points this season".

The Terriers stretched their unbeaten run to 37 matches as Stevenage tried to upset the home side with gamesmanship and time-wasting tactics.

Clark said: "It's a fantastic three points, one of the best of the season. The lads showed great character to come back. What we have shown in these 37 matches is that we have found a way to keep winning football matches."

In the later stages of the game tempers flared on the field and on the touchline as rival bosses Clark and Graham Westley clashed in the technical area. Stevenage were left furious when referee Steve Rushton failed to send off Antony Kay, who conceded a late penalty when the last man, and then just booked striker Alan Lee for an alleged elbow on Phil Edwards.

Stevenage first-team coach Dino Maamria also sparked angry scenes with a furious reaction on the final whistle.

Clark refused to be drawn into a war of words, but said: "We knew what it was going to be going on and the players had to keep focused. Stevenage will ruffle a few feathers in this league."

Clark defended Lee and said: "He's always unfairly targeted with claims that he goes up with his arms. Alan is perhaps too honest and all he sees is the ball. Sometimes he's unfairly treated."

Clark said he was "shocked" at the penalty decision and admitted: "Under the laws of the game, if it's a penalty, Antony Kay should have been sent off. I'm sure Graham (Westley) is disappointed we didn't go down to 10 men."

Huddersfield went ahead a minute before half-time when Scott Arfield played a ball across field for the unmarked Gary Roberts on the left and he slotted home.

Stevenage levelled in the 67th minute after a quick break down the left. John Mousinho set up Scott Laird, who raced through and smashed a shot across the face of goal and the ball went in off the inside of the far post. Lee Novak struck what proved to be the winner in the 76th minute after Anton Robinson's powerful shot came back off the foot of the post.

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Topics:
Sunderland
Phil Edwards
Football
Alan Lee
Antony Kay
Anton Robinson
League One
Huddersfield Town
Stevenage
Lee Novak
Gary Roberts
John Mousinho

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