MODEST Sean Scannell insisted Jermaine Beckford should take the praise for Huddersfield Town’s vital victory while Wolves manager Dean Saunders was left to rue the chance that got away.
Saunders, whose side slipped back into the Championship relegation zone while Town climbed to 19th, insisted Scannell got “a lucky break” to run in from the left touchline and shrug off two challengers before planting the ball past keeper Dorus De Vries.Related content
That cancelled out Stephen Ward’s early strike for Wolves, for whom Roger Johnson fluffed a great chance before substitute Beckford’s quickfire double clinched Town’s win.
“We started the game well and for half an hour probably played as well as we have in my time here,” said former Doncaster boss Saunders.
“We were causing Huddersfield plenty of problems and scored a great goal.
“But we didn’t go two up and then they equalised and got back in the game.
“After that it all turned on a big few minutes in the second half.
“Roger had a good chance to put us 2-1 up and unfortunately not long after, they went down the other end and scored from a corner.
“We can’t be conceding goals like that if we want to do well.
“In fact all the goals we let in, we’ve got to do better.
“For the first, Scannell was right on the touchline and he managed to get into our six-yard box.
“He got a lucky break to get through but he got in there and took his goal well.
“The second goal was from the corner and they put Beckford on and he’s a goalscorer.
“He was in the right place for the rebound and his second goal is as good as you’ll see in the way he took it.
“He got back inside Kaspars (Gorkss) and dinked the keeper.”
Scannell said of his third Town goal: “When I got the ball, I thought to myself that I should go on a run – and then I just kept running!Related content
“It was the same thing that happened when I scored at Leicester (in the FA Cup). It’s not like I could see the corner of the goal – I just decided to smash it! I knew if I could get it on target it might go in and I was so happy to score.”
Scannell added: “When Becks came on it stretched the game a bit more.
“For his second goal I was on the run again and when I saw his movement, it was easy to put him through.
“We know he will always score goals and he is a great pair of fresh legs to bring on from the bench.
“He’s so fast and he’s going to get opportunities.”
Town’s Under 21 team are at home to Wigan today (1.00), a week after drawing 2-2 with the Latics at the DW Stadium.
Duane Holmes scored his 14th goal of the Town Under 18 campaign in Saturday’s 1-1 home draw with Sheffield United.