HUDDERSFIELD Town boss Simon Grayson hailed the contribution of loan star Jermaine Beckford after his “out-of-this-world goal” in Belfast last night.
Huddersfield Town travelled to Northern Ireland to honour Crusaders defender Colin Coates, who made his international debut when Grayson’s coach, Glynn Snodin, assisted Nigel Worthington with the national side.
Anthony Gerrard’s stunning free-kick gave Grayson’s men an early lead before the Irish League part-timers hit back.
Then came Beckford’s solo effort before the Crues eventually won the friendly 3-2.
“Jermaine showed exactly what he can do with an out-of-this-world goal,” said Grayson, who made a cameo appearance in the game.
“Since we brought him in from Leicester City he has been playing with a smile of his face and we hope he can continue to do that – and score goals – for the remainder of his time at this club.”
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Grayson left Northern Ireland target Sean Scannell at home, along with a few others, to avoid the potential for injuries on the 3G pitch – and with a champion boxer in the opposing line-up.
He added: “We could have given the lads a day off at home but everyone has enjoyed being in Belfast and it is great for team bonding.