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Leyton Orient boss Russell Slade insists he would rather keep up the club's play-off charge than beat Arsenal on Wednesday after a stirring fight-back earned them a 2-2 draw at Huddersfield.

The visitors were 2-0 down at one stage and down to 10 men but levelled late on to go into their FA Cup fifth round replay at the Emirates Stadium full of confidence. Huddersfield should have been on course for victory after going two goals up through Jordan Rhodes and Lee Novak but Harry Kane pulled a goal back and was then sent-off before Jimmy Smith's late equaliser.

Slade said: "Wednesday will be a great payday for the club. But I'd rather nick sixth place in the league."

He added: "We're playing with confidence and have momentum behind us. We made a horrendous start. The game should have been over at 2-0. But you've got to credit the players, they never gave up.

"We got a lift from the first goal and after that the side was full of belief. They knew they had it in them to get a result."

Slade added he thought Kane's dismissal was harsh and said: "I didn't think it was a foul and I don't think the referee wanted to send him off. You could see him fumbling for the yellow and red cards."

Huddersfield boss Lee Clark was disgusted by the manner in which his side threw a seemingly certain victory away.

Clark said: "To say this is two points dropped is an understatement. We were 2-0 up and had an extra man. I'm very disappointed and thought our defending for the two goals was disgusting.

"The second one in particular was really poor. We conceded a foul on the edge of the box and that was lazy. We should have gone the extra yard to clear the ball to safety instead, least of all because all the teams in this league are really dangerous from set-pieces.

"I keep telling our strikers that they need to be more clinical. It is not enough to be happy that you made the opposition keeper make a save. They need to make sure they put the ball in the net."

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