Huddersfield Town 2 Wolverhampton Wanderers 1: Dynamic strike duo fit the bill for lively Terriers

THE heralding of Jermaine Beckford by an adoring West Yorkshire public was once commonplace – and lo and behold, it is happening again.

This time, it is Town supporters and not their arch rivals at Leeds United who are busy saluting the ton-up Londoner, back in the Broad Acres, his footballing sanctuary.

As ways of ingratiating yourself to a new set of fans go, loan star Beckford isn’t making a bad fist of things, with his marvellous acrobatic volley to make it 2-0 on 27 minutes a moment that will be talked about for years to come by home supporters who soon broke into song to hail their new hero. Jordan who?

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It was the milestone 100th league goal of Beckford’s professional career and his goal-laden scrapbook cannot contain many better than Saturday’s stunner.

James Vaughan’s 10th-minute opener – another beautifully crafted and executed effort – wasn’t too bad either with the performances of the loan forward duo seriously whetting the appetites of Town punters, who after lauding Beckford, praised his loan strike partner with cries of “Sign him up” late on in an irresistible opening 45 minutes.

The ravenous pair dined out on Wolves’ harassed defence almost at will with the majority of the season-best crowd of 18,012 lapping it up.

Suffice to say, their team-mates are fully paid-up members of their fan club too.

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Midfield man Keith Southern said: “I thought we were outstanding in the first half and the catalyst was the front two. They were unplayable at times.

“Vaughany buried the first goal and what can you say about Jermaine’s goal...It will be ‘goal of the season’ and the lads will do well to better that all season.

“He is capable of that and a special talent.

“Both Vaughany and Becks are good players and have got something to prove as well and are hungry. Vaughany is fit at the moment, which is a big thing for him. They are two different players and characters, but they are complimenting each other really well. Hopefully, they can keep doing what they do as they have been brilliant.”

An independent survey has revealed that Town offer the best value for money in the Championship – and no-one could grumble about being short-changed on Saturday.

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Granted, Wolves found their feet after the break with Town unable to quite hit the heights of their first-half performance, but it would have been churlish to suggest anything other than a home win was the right result.

Terrorised in the first half by Vaughan and Beckford, the only surprise at the interval was that the Black Country outfit were still in the game when Town could and perhaps should have taken a four- or five-goal buffer in with them, which would not have been unflattering.

Wolves came into the game with a parsimonious record of having not shipped an away goal in 295 minutes and chasing a club record fourth successive clean sheet on the road for the first time in their history.

But Town soon set about making a mockery of that statistic and obliterated it in the 10th minute, thanks in large part to some buccaneering full-back play from the spring-heeled Jack Hunt.

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The defender profited from Bakary Sako surrendering possession before haring away down the right touchline and sending over a dream of a cross which was dispatched clinically at the far post by the head of Vaughan for his first goal at the John Smith’s Stadium.

That set the tone and a pumped-up Beckford, who looked like he meant business from the off, then almost got in on the act and was inches away from converting Vaughan’s fine run and cross.

Free-kick specialist Sako almost redeemed himself following his costly early error with his exquisite curler clipping the crossbar, but it proved a rare moment of first-half menace from the second-best Midlanders.

It was all about Town, with Hunt again needing no second invitation to bomb forward before firing inches wide ahead of Beckford’s wonderful scissor-kick following an excellent run and precision cross from Adam Clayton, who was outstanding in the first period.

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Beckford then warmed the palms of Carl Ikeme with a fierce strike before Vaughan took on the baton and fired two shots agonisingly just wide as Town mauled the shell-shocked visitors, somewhat relieved to hear the half-time whistle after being out-fought, out-skilled and out-worked by Town.

On the restart, Wolves did improve, grabbing a lifeline on 63 minutes when Sylvan Ebanks-Blake nipped in front of Peter Clarke for a split-second to turn in Sako’s dangerous low cross at the near post.

Sako then cut inside and fired over before Tongo Doumbia’s crisp strike was deflected just wide as the visitors suddenly scented blood.

The closest they came to a leveller was when substitute Dave Edwards’s header smacked against the post following Jermaine Pennant’s in-swinging corner, but it was undeniably Town’s day and if they can keep Vaughan and Beckford fit and in the mood, a season of consolidation might be afforded a nice little bonus.

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Hunt, another of Saturday’s heroes said: “Like when Jordan (Rhodes) was here, we know if we put the ball into the box in a good area, it’s going to end up in the back of the net.

“Of course, Vaughany said thank you after my cross for the first goal. He said before the game to me: ‘Stop running at people, just put the ball into the box!’

“Having Vaughany and Becks obviously is giving us a massive chance.

“They are delighted to be playing their football here at the moment and hopefully, that will persuade them to stay.”