Cardiff City 3 Huddersfield Town 1: Lillis takes positives from Town’s defeat

Huddersfield Town's caretaker manager Mark Lillis (Picture: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire).
Huddersfield Town's caretaker manager Mark Lillis (Picture: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire).
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Huddersfield Town caretaker-manager Mark Lillis says there is plenty of spirit in the camp despite successive defeats – the first of which led to the departure of Mark Robins.

Peter Whittingham set Cardiff on their way with a wonderful long-range strike and Kenwyne Jones scored either side of half-time to make it three goals in two games for the former Stoke and Sunderland striker.

Murray Wallace briefly gave Huddersfield hope when he made it 2-1 in first-half stoppage time but Lillis could not oversee a second-half comeback.

“The third goal was tough to take because we came in at half-time and felt we could get a result,” said Lillis. “The pleasing thing for me at 3-1 was that we kept trying to play and get back into the game.”

Lillis was appointed caretaker chief for the third time following Robins’s shock departure on the back of a 4-0 opening-day defeat to Bournemouth.

But Academy chief Lillis has no desire to succeed Robins. “The chairman brought me here two-and-a-half years ago to get stuck into Academy and it’s going really well,” he said. “The only thing I want as caretaker manager is to ask them for the same effort and commitment but the new manager – whoever he is – will have a good group of players, who will put a shift in.

“Unfortunately, we haven’t got any points on the board and what happened last week was new to me in football. But we’ve got to get on with it. The good thing is that there is a spirit in the camp and no-one has downed tools.”

Cardiff City: Marshall, Brayford, Hudson, Connolly, Da Silva, Burgstaller (Gunnarsson 55), Adeyemi, Whittingham, Daehli (Eikrem 81), Le Fondre, Jones (Guerra 68). Unused substitutes: Morrison, Kim, Maynard, Moore.

Huddersfield Town: Smithies, Smith, Wallace, Lynch, Dixon, Coady, Hogg (Hammill 61), Butterfield, Majewski (Ward 61), Stead (Bunn 76), Wells. Unused substitutes: Scannell, Murphy, Sinnott, Crooks.

Referee: K Hill (Hertfordshire).

Man of the match: Kenwyne Jones.