Boss Mark de­lighted by spirit

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ADAM Clay­ton’s long-dis­tance strike put all those in at­ten­dance out of their mis­ery in the 85th minute of a truly dread­ful game, but no-one was hap­pier than Ter­ri­ers boss Mark Robins.

The 25-yarder was enough to give Hud­der­s­field their first win in four games against a Wi­gan side that had lost just one of their pre­vi­ous nine.

The view­ing fare was poor, even tak­ing the wet, blus­tery weather con­di­tions into ac­count, with the game only com­ing to life when the Ter­ri­ers de­cided just to start tak­ing pot shots in the fi­nal 12 min­utes.

Oliver Nor­wood fired the first warn­ing, rat­tling the bar with a 40-yard free-kick five min­utes be­fore Clay­ton de­cided the score­line.

Robins said: “The con­di­tions were so tough, it was so dif­fi­cult. I don’t think anybody looked like they’d played the game be­fore.

“In terms of the qual­ity of the game it was poor but I thought within the game, the qual­ity that was on show was from us.

“In the sec­ond half I think they passed it a lit­tle bit bet­ter in prob­a­bly two or three spells but apart from that our shape was OK.

“I think the change in per­son­nel with Danny Ward com­ing on just thick­ened things up a lit­tle bit and gave us a lit­tle bit of strength and an abil­ity come out from the back and mount a sus­tained chal­lenge.

“The chances that came along, we’ve made the best of in terms of long-dis­tance shoot­ing. The goal that Adam scored in the end was great, and a clean sheet as well af­ter the 5-1 at Leeds.”

Le­ices­ter loa­nee Martyn Waghorn seemed most likely to cre­ate an open­ing for the visi­tors, but wasted three de­cent op­por­tu­ni­ties to bag a de­but goal.

Two of those chances came dur­ing the best spell of dom­i­nance in the game as the Lat­ics forced Hud­der­s­field into counter-at­tack­ing foot­ball at the start of the sec­ond half.

The first flew into the side-net­ting from Ben Wat­son’s ex­cel­lent cross, though as a vol­ley from a dif­fi­cult an­gle, that miss was for­giv­able.

It was harder to wave away the sec­ond, how­ever, as Jean Beause­jour’s per­fect cross into the six-yard box some­how eluded Waghorn.

That seemed to con­vince Hud­der­s­field that it wasn’t worth hold­ing much truck with this “pass­ing” and “cross­ing” non­sense.

In­stead they be­gan to shoot on sight, and it worked, though there was a short and very en­ter­tain­ing pe­riod of cal­i­bra­tion.

Nor­wood put a fierce shot just over from 35 yards on 78 min­utes, and nearly caught out Ali Al Habsi from 40 yards two min­utes later, only to see it drop into the Omani’s hands off the un­der­side of the bar.

That gave Clay­ton his cue, and he spanked it into the bot­tom corner from 25 yards to give Hud­der­s­field the win.

But Wi­gan boss Uwe Rosler re­mained up­beat, agree­ing with Robins that con­di­tions made the match a dif­fi­cult one to ex­ert in­flu­ence over.

He said: “I’m as happy as you can be when you’re los­ing the game.

“I felt com­ing to Hud­der­s­field and a team who can cause you big prob­lems with the way they play, we coped with it very well un­der very dif­fi­cult cir­cum­stances weather-wise.

“We played very good and dom­i­nated the game.

“I felt we cre­ated more chances, had more pos­ses­sion. We re­stricted them to only shots from long dis­tance.

“I felt the wrong team won, but when we play more of­ten like that we will win more games away from home.

“The only thing that I’m not happy about is that we did not score goals, and that is part of our game that we need to work on.”

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