Smith salutes Stevenage character

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Stevenage manager Gary Smith saw his side come from two goals behind to claim a 2-2 draw against promotion-chasing Huddersfield after what he felt were two 'avoidable' goals.

Robin Shroot's 88th-minute equaliser sent the fans inside the Lamex Stadium wild as they shrugged off the disappointment of missing a penalty to move back into the play-off places. But it is a blow for the Terriers, who were in control of the game, as they remain three points behind Sheffield United in League One having played a game more.

Smith said: "In the second half when we went 2-0 down I couldn't believe what I was seeing because the first half was a tight and edgy affair."

He added: "I thought we tried to impose our energetic game on a very talented Huddersfield side and came out on top, although the stats maybe don't show that in terms of shots on goal.

"Having played so well to concede so early in the second half was a real body blow and Stacy (Long) knows he's better than the pass that led to their counter attack.

"Alan (Julian) knows that for the second goal that he should have got something on it but they're two talented boys who just fell short at the time.

"But then you see the character of the team to not only get back in the team but to finish the stronger and end up in a position where we should have won the game."

A magnanimous Huddersfield boss Simon Grayson said: "We were comfortable for the most of the game - in the first half we worked their goalkeeper a lot.

"But you've got to give credit to Stevenage, who are a good hard-working team who have been together a long time and have turned over every team in the top five and held Spurs here.

"We'll be disappointed we've ended up drawing the game but this is a difficult place to come to."

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