Jer­maine man gives hope

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Nick Brad­shaw

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.”

STAR QUAL­ITY: Jer­maine Beck­ford scores Hud­der­s­field’s third

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