Walsall 2 Huddersfield Town 4: Huddersfield wobble against Walsall but hit back to secure victory

RESILIENCE, determination and the ruthless ability to take advantage of the opposition's shortcomings enabled Huddersfield Town to scramble their way into second place in League One.

It is, however, of little surprise that manager Lee Clark is not getting carried away after guiding the Terriers into such a heady position.

Clark said: "We showed good character but it was not a vintage performance.

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"We have not been playing to our full potential in recent matches but we are winning games."

Although Huddersfield are unbeaten since the turn of the year they certainly had to battle hard for their latest success against a Walsall side deep in relegation trouble and seemingly already doomed.

Their tall defence went through some anxious spells and they were put on the back foot when Alex Nicholls gave Walsall a 14th minute lead which was cancelled out by the best goal of the game five minutes later when Kevin Kilbane notched his first for the Terriers since his loan move from Hull City.

The subtle skill and finishing was vintage form from the Irishman but more importantly it restored Huddersfield's belief in themselves which was illustrated when the commanding Jamie McCombe headed home his sixth goal of the season.

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Despite Kilbane's influence Huddersfield could not squash Walsall who put themselves back in contention two minutes into the second half with Matt Richards's free-kick.

But Town's ultra confidence enabled them to hit back with a cheeky, close-range, overhead goal from Peter Clarke after 77 minutes and leading marksman Jordon Rhodes notched their fourth goal two minutes from time.

Walsall: Bevan; Westlake, Smith, Butler, Lescott; Nicholls (Peterson 82), Marshall, Richards, Gray; Macken, Grigg. Unused substitutes: McDonald, Lancashire, Jones, Geddes, McGivern, Walker.

Huddersfield Town: Smithies; Peltier, McCombe, Clarke, Kadar (Ridehaigh 40), Kay, Arfield, Kilbane, Pilkington, Novak, Lee (Rhodes 69). Unused substitutes: Gudjonsson, Clarke, Roberts, Bennett.

Referee: PT Crossley.

Man of the match: Kevin Kilbane.