Lee Clark admitted his Huddersfield side's first defeat in 44 league games paled into insignificance in the wake of the death of close friend Gary Speed.

Town's record-breaking run was halted by first half goals from Yann Kermorgant and Hogan Ephraim as Charlton moved seven points clear at the head of League One with a 2-0 victory. But Clark insisted the loss of Speed, his former Newcastle United team-mate, overshadowed events at The Valley.

He said: "This is a big boys' game and sometimes you get a knock-back but I've had the biggest knock-back ever. Don't think this defeat doesn't hurt but what happened yesterday morning has put everything in perspective. It was a hammer blow when we got the news travelling down to London."

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