SEAN SCANNELL hailed Huddersfield Town’s fans after sealing the win which put Simon Grayson’s injury-hit side seventh in the Championship.
The former Crystal Palace frontman was given a standing ovation when replaced by Anthony Gerrard in the 88th minute of the victory over struggling Bristol City.
Scannell chalked up his first Town goal, and the 14th of his career, by steering home Lee Novak’s pass in the 43rd minute as Simon Grayson’s side bounced back from two defeats.
“I’d like to say thanks to our fans,” said the Croydon-born 22-year-old.
“They are top quality and have really welcomed me, which is very important. Huddersfield already feels like home.”
Summer recruit Scannell, making only his fifth start following a £500,000 move after being preferred to Danny Ward, added: “It was a bit of a scrappy game, but I’m just happy that we’ve got the 1-0 win.
“It was tough out there, and they had a few chances to get an equaliser, but I thought we defended really well to keep the clean sheet and get the points.”
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It was the former Republic of Ireland Under 21 player’s first goal since March, when he clinched a 1-0 win for Palace against Burnley at Selhurst Park.
And he explained: “It was a real piece of quality from Adam Clayton to set the move running.
“Then it was a great delivery from Lee Novak, but someone has to be there to put the ball in the net – otherwise his cross goes out for a throw-in!
“I’m glad I got to it and that I’ve got off the mark now; and I’m hoping more will follow.
“It’s nice to score and hopefully that can help to keep me in the team.
“We have plenty of good players here, but I’ll keep working hard in training and when I play matches.”
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Boss Grayson said Scannell had earned his chance with a bright display in last Monday’s Under 21 clash with Leicester at the John Smith’s Stadium.
“Sean started the season but then got a hamstring injury and when he came back he wasn’t able to get back in the side,” said Grayson.
“We have worked hard with him on his fitness, which was lacking, and we’re also working on his positional play and what he needs to do when he’s not in possession of the ball.
“He played really well for the Under 21 side against Leicester and he was a constant threat against Bristol City with his power and pace.
“We haven’t seen the best of him yet, but he’s shown glimpses of his ability.
“He could have been a little more ruthless when he got into the area, but he can do things other players can’t and sometimes you have to accept a bad decision or two.”