Jermaine man gives hope
MARK Robins has challenged Jermaine Beckford to show his Premier League quality and keep Huddersfield in the Championship after his double sunk ten-man Wolves.
Beckford stepped off the bench to move the Terriers clear of the drop zone with two goals in as many minutes after Sean Scannell had cancelled out Stephen Ward's opener.
The striker never really shone in the top flight for Everton and has struggled for goals all season after joining from Leicester City on loan in September.
But Robins insists he has the quality to keep goal-shy Huddersfield in the league.
“Jermaine showed everyone why he has played in the top flight – I thought he as superb when he came on,” said Robins.
“He’s got that quality which people pay to see. I can’t ask anymore of him than that and he has done what we expect him to do – score goals.
“We want to see that more often from him and certainly more before the end of the season.
“It wasn’t just Jermaine though, I thought the rest of the team were terrific as well.
“Who knows how many points we’ll need – it could come down to the last game. It's getting really tight.”
Wolves finished the match with ten men when Jamie O’Hara was sent off for shoving Keith Southern moments after Beckford’s second goal.
Boss Dean Saunders had few complaints about the red card but did point an accusing finger at Southern for his part in O’Hara’s dismissal.
“Jamie shouldn’t be raising his hands but I think there is a bit of gamesmanship from their lad,” said the Wolves boss.
“He’s pushed him, he’s not punched him but the lad’s gone down clutching his face. That’s disappointing.”
It had all started so well for Wolves. Saunders’ men have been resurgent in recent weeks and when Ward slid home Kevin Doyle’s cross, a fourth win in five games looked on the cards.
But the familiar nerves crept back in and Huddersfield levelled shortly before the half hour mark when Scannell fired home after skipping past challenges from Matt Doherty and Stephen Hunt.
It could have been worse for Wolves heading into half time but Dorus de Vries came to their rescue, denying Adam Clayton and Neil Danns.
The Terriers were not to be denied though as a manic threeminute period in the second half settled the points as Wolves imploded.
Sub Beckford pounced on a loose ball in the box to edge Huddersfield in front before doubling his tally a minute later, latching onto Scannell’s throughball and lifting the ball over de Vries.
Boos rang around Molineux but the drama was not over as, straight from the restart, O’Hara reacted angrily to a late tackle from Southern and appeared to shove the ex-Blackpool man in the face.
Referee Keith Stroud had little option but to show the red card and O’Hara headed down the tunnel to chants of,‘you’re not fit to wear the shirt’, from the Wolves faithful.
“We need three wins from the last four games now but we can do it,”added Saunders. “We started the game well and it’s as good as we’ve played all season in the first half an hour.”
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