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Grayson remaining grounded

20 September 2012

Huddersfield manager Simon Grayson will not entertain any talk of a play-off challenge after seeing his side climb into the top six of the npower Championship with a 3-1 win over Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

Grayson's Terriers secured their third league win of the season thanks to first-half goals from Oliver Norwood and Lee Novak and Adam Clayton's controversial second-half penalty.

Sheffield Wednesday defender Reda Johnson pulled one back for his side, but the Owls crashed to their third straight league defeat, while both sides had a player sent off in an action-packed derby clash.

Town defender Joel Lynch was shown a straight red card for his scything challenge on Michail Antonio at the end of the first half and Wednesday defender Joe Mattock was dismissed for two bookable offences on the stroke of half-time.

Grayson said: "To come here and win the game 3-1 is obviously fantastic for us. We played quite well when we had the ball and withstood a lot of pressure with balls into the box and set-pieces. We're delighted to get a win here because it's not an easy place to come. It was an eventful night for both sets of supporters and managers."

Grayson, whose side have now gone five games unbeaten in their first season back in the second tier after 11 years, added: "We're maybe over-achieving, but the players we brought in are capable of doing things and putting in good performances and players already at the club are grasping the opportunity.

"I'm really pleased with how the players are playing for each other. We're passing it well and creating chances and when we have to defend we're defending well. We know there's a lot of hard work to be done. We're only six games in and we'll keep working hard. We've got some good players, but we're not going to get carried away.

"There's 40 more games to go, so plenty more points to be won and lost. We will get some negative results throughout the season, but the players are enjoying what they're doing. There's a momentum and a positive attitude among the players, the supporters and at the football club in general and it's great to have that as a manager."

Wednesday manager Dave Jones lamented his side's defending and said his players had to have a long, hard look at themselves after losing their way in recent weeks.

He said: "At the moment we can't defend. We're making basic errors. We can't let people get across us, we can't get shoved off the ball. They have two balls into the box and score two goals and that can't be right. We've got to be a bit stronger and a bit better than that."

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