SEAN SCANNELL says he’s more than ready to meet Simon Grayson’s challenge head on.
Huddersfield Town’s boss was full of praise for the flying winger after he helped Town to a 1-1 Championship draw with Birmingham.
Now he’s challenged the 22-year-old to reproduce that kind of form on a regular basis – starting at Watford today.
Scannell made his 10th Town start and 17th appearance in all since his £500,000 switch from Crystal Palace last Saturday.
The Croydon-born Palace youth product caught eye with his pace and trickery, and came close to a second Town goal with an acrobatic first-half scissors kick which keeper Jack Butland brilliantly tipped away.
The Republic of Ireland Under 21 player reflected: “That was definitely my best game in a Town shirt, and I think it’s because the gaffer and the coaches have helped get my confidence and fitness back.
“I’ve had a lot of niggling injuries and when you’re not fit your confidence tends to go down as well, but now feel fresh and back to my normal self.
“Even after that performance I still think I’ve got a lot more to show. I’d like to more goals and to really show what I’m made of.”
Scannell, whose only Town strike to date clinched the 1-0 home win over Bristol City in November, joked of his effort against Brum: “I nearly pulled my hamstring trying to reach it!
“It was a great cross and I thought I did well to connect, but their keeper made a brilliant save.
“We could have won with the chances we had, and it would have been very harsh to have lost, but at least we got a point with our late equaliser.”
Scannell bears a striking similarity to recently-arrived loan midfielder Neil Danns, who he played alongside at Palace, and smiled: “Everybody says we look alike.
“Neil’s a great player. He is very skilful and can score goals from midfield, and it’s great to have him on board.”
Scannell also believes Town, 17th and without a win in 11 league games, are coming back into form and refused to rule out a seemingly unlikely play-off bid.
“In the 10 games before Charlton in the FA Cup we weren’t at our best. But we seem to be coming back into form now.
“Even though we’ve been on a bad run, the gap between us and the play-offs is not that big.”