Norwich City old boy James Vaughan escapes the wrath of Huddersfield’s Chris Powell
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Huddersfield manager Chris Powell refused to make a scapegoat of ex-Norwich striker James Vaughan after his role in a crazy finale to the Canaries' 2-2 Championship draw.
Vaughan lashed the hosts in front five minutes into stoppage time but then picked up a second yellow card for removing his shirt in the midst of wild celebrations against the club which offloaded him in 2013.
Jamar Loza rescued the Canaries in the 98th minute after referee Miller added on additional time for Vaughan's antics, but Powell was prepared to forgive the frontman who later issued a public apology on his own social media site.
'No, I'm not angry with him,' said Powell. 'The first yellow was a team foul. Football is emotional and we all know, and you could see it, when you score in the 95th or 96th minute you are going to get emotional.
'Our fans were and the players were as well. You are not hurting anyone, not wasting any time, just reacting to a moment, especially with James playing for Norwich as well I don't attach any blame to him.
'Of course I don't think it would have made any difference really, maybe another body in the penalty area, it was one of those things. 'We wanted to make a substitution as well, we weren't allowed to do that and I didn't think it was a foul leading up to the build up to Norwich's goal either. It has happened and I have to take the positives.'
Powell praised the officials who disallowed Bradley Johnson's early strike for handball, following furious protests led by Huddersfield keeper Alex Smithies.
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'I always say officials should always look at reactions and body language and Alex moved very quickly to protest,' said Powell. 'Fair play to the referee and the young lineswoman, the female assistant referee, for making that decision. I have seen it.
'It was clearly handball but sometimes they take no notice of that, so I applaud them for that.
'I have to say I am proud of my team because we played a side on a good run. After the initial start and the disallowed goal we looked a bit nervy but that seemed to galvanise us and the atmosphere around the stadium. To score at the time we did with James I am sure everyone thought that was going to be the winning goal but you have to play right until the end.
'The players were superb against a side who used to in the Premier and we were almost down to the bare bones. There was a lot to like about my team.'