Huddersfield Town 2 Leyton Orient 2: Town chief Clark left livid with defence as Orient fight way back

Manager Lee Clark rebuked Town’s backline after they allowed 10-man Leyton Orient to grab an unlikely point.

The Terriers were 2-0 up in the second half when they hit the self-destruct button with defending which Clark labelled “disgusting”.

Centre-back Jamie McCombe, though not mentioned by name, got the worst flak for a foul on Orient’s Paul-Jose M’Poku that led to their late equaliser.

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Dean Cox, who set up unmarked Harry Kane for Orient’s first goal on 73 minutes, floated in the free-kick and Jimmy Smith headed in at the far post.

Livid Clark said: “Our defending for the two goals was disgusting. The second one in particular was really poor. We conceded a free-kick on the edge of the box and that was lazy.

“We should’ve gone the extra yard to make sure we cleared the ball. Committing a foul like that is the easiest thing in the world to do. I don’t like my teams doing it.”

Town, unbeaten in 11 league games, looked set for a first win in four matches thanks to goals from Jordan Rhodes and Lee Novak.

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Clark was left further frustrated by having to substitute Gary Roberts early on due to a hamstring injury. Rhodes had to be taken off at half-time due to illness.

Danny Cadamarteri had to be replaced on the bench by Tom Clarke after suffering a back injury in the pre-match warm-up.

Stephen Jordan, making his debut at left-back on a month’s loan from Sheffield United, was a rare highlight for Clark.

He said: “Stephen did well in the circumstances. He did some good things and I’m sure he’ll get better when he gets used to the way we play.”

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Clark also criticised his forwards. “We had other chances to score. I keep telling the strikers that they need to be more clinical.”

Huddersfield Town: Bennett; Hunt, P Clarke, McCombe, Jordan; Pilkington, Kilbane, Peltier, Roberts (Arfield 29); Afobe (Lee 84), Rhodes (Novak 46). Unused substitutes: Colgan, Gudjonsson, Atkinson, T Clarke.

Leyton Orient: Jones; Whing, Forbes, Chorley, Daniels (Omozusi 75); Revell, Carroll, Dawson (Kane 20), Smith, Cox; Tehoue (M’Poku 46). Unused substitutes: Butcher, McGleish, Jarvis, Cestor.

Referee: P Quinn (Cleveland).

Man of the match: Benik Afobe.