McCombe blamed for Terriers draw

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Huddersfield boss Lee Clark squarely laid the blame on centre-back Jamie McCombe for costing his side victory after a 2-2 draw with bottom club Leyton Orient.

McCombe received a straight red card for pushing over George Porter in an off-the-ball incident six minutes from time. Town were 2-0 up and cruising but, reduced to 10 men, they conceded late goals to Kevin Lisbie and Ben Chorley to leave Clark furious.

"He (McCombe) has killed us," said Clark. "He will be fined the maximum and he will struggle to win his place back, whether he serves one or three matches."

He added: "You have to use your football brain and nous. Their lad was going down at the slightest touch but he has just thrown the lad to the ground stupidly.

"That might be McCombe out of the team for a long time."

Orient remain bottom without a win this season and boss Russell Slade said: "I felt we deserved something out of the game, even in the first half.

"It's not easy to come to a team like Huddersfield with nine bodies unavailable. Even three short for a club like ours would be tough. All credit to the players."

Slade said he hoped this result could be a turning point and added: "Last season we were beaten 5-0 at Brighton and then went on a run of 20-odd games unbeaten. Ironically that was a turning point and this could be too.

"When you don't win football matches it's always difficult but we don't look like a team at the bottom of the table.

"Very often you see teams at the bottom playing with a fear factor but I don't think you saw that in my team."

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Jamie McCombe
Ben Chorley
League One
Huddersfield Town
Kevin Lisbie
Kevin Lisbie
Leyton Orient
Brighton & Hove Albion

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