Emotional rollercoaster no good for Grayson

First published in Sport The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , chief football writer

SIMON Grayson needed a lie down in a dark room after watching his Huddersfield Town side grab a late point against Wanderers.

The Terriers boss admits either side could have won – but that both contributed to 90 minutes of football that was well worth the admission fee.

“There was excitement right to the very end – which was no good for me as the manager,” he said.

“If you paid money to come and watch this game I don’t think you were short changed. The game swung backwards and forwards and I have kicked every ball and gone through every emotion. We made some mistakes but we could have nicked it at the end.”

Grayson was encouraged that Huddersfield – without a win since November 10 – survived an early onslaught from Wanderers to take control of the game heading into the break thanks to an own goal from Zat Knight.

“We started the game well against a very strong Bolton side; they have got Premier League quality throughout their team,” he said. “We had to hang in there at times and then could have won it at the end. They came out of the traps quicker than us and passed it better. After the first five minutes we got a grip of the game and retained the ball. We created some decent opportunities and should have maybe got another goal in the first half when Lee Novak hit the bar.”

Wanderers’ attacking class told, with Mark Davies and Chris Eagles giving them a 2-1 lead heading into the final three minutes, before James Vaughan – back after missing five weeks with a thigh strain – popped up to salvage a share of the spoils.

“We are delighted to have him back in the team,” said Grayson. “With the quality he has.”

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