First home strikes for Vaughan and Beckford secure the three points
James Vaughan’s and Jermaine Beckford’s first home strikes for the Terriers saw Town return to winning ways on home soil against Wolves.
The strike partnership worked fantastically in the first half with firstly Vaughan heading home Hunt’s deep cross before Beckford went one better, acrobatically converting Clayton’s cross.
Wolves had struggled in attack for the first hour of the game, but earned a lifeline on 63 minutes when Sylvan Ebanks-Blake prodded home Bakary Sako’s near post cross.
The visitors dominated the final chapter of the game, but Town held firm to move back into the Play-Off spots.
Simon Grayson named an unchanged side for the visit of Wolves as the Terriers looked to bounce back following successive home defeats.
Joel Lynch made a welcome return to the squad following suspension and injury and was named amongst the subs.
Wolves came into the game having not conceded in their last three away games, but fell behind with just 11 minutes on the clock when James Vaughan scored his first league goal for the Terriers, converting Jack Hunt’s superb deep cross with a neat header.
Adam Clayton was pulling the strings for the Terriers from the right of midfield and after his nod down and Vaughan’s superb back stick cross, Jermaine Beckford was just inches away from doubling Town’s advantage.
After making a slow start to the campaign Wolves had improved of late, but were struggling to get going against the Terriers. Wingman Bakary Sako was proving the visitors main threat and he almost drew his side level from 25 yards, but his free-kick landed just on top of the diving Alex Smithies’ goal.
Town’s attacking threat was coming down the right wing and after Jack Hunt had flashed an effort wide, Adam Clayton provided the assist for Jermaine Beckford to double the Terriers’ tally. The goal, Beckford’s 100th of his career, will certainly be a contender for goal of the season with the former Leeds man performing an overhead kick to convert Clayton’s superb delivery.
Town almost let Wolves back in when Sako leapt upon Calum Wood’s mistake, but his left footed effort curled agonisingly wide of Smithies’ goal.
Grayson’s men continued to go in search of goals and finished the half fantastically with both Vaughan and Beckford going close with efforts from in and around the box.
Beckford continued to threaten Wolves in behind at the start of the second half and within a minute of the restart was racing down on Carl Ikeme’s goal after a superb pass from Norwood; thankfully for the visitors Roger Johnson recovered well and cleared the danger.
Danny Ward missed a good opportunity with Ikeme stranded on the edge of his box before Norwood curled over on 53, as Town continued to go in search of a third.
Wolves’ first flicker of an attacking threat in the second half came in the 55th minute when Peter Clarke had to be at his defensive best to block Kevin Doyle’s back post header after Jermaine Pennant’s cross.
The visitor’s lifeline came just after the hour mark – and out of nothing really. Sako wormed free in the corner before crossing low to the near post for Sylvan Ebanks-Blake to stab home courtesy of a deflection off Clarke.
The visitor's, buoyed by their goal, went close twice with 15 minutes remaining. Firstly, after Hunt’s slip, Sako screwed a shot wide from the left before Clarke had to make a last minute lunge to prevent Ebanks-Blake testing Smithies.
Town were starting to hang on as the game slowly ticked towards the 80 minute mark. In the 79th minute, after David Edwards had earned a corner, the midfielder beat his man in the air and planted a bullet header against Smithies’ post.
Wolves continued to press for an equaliser, but Town held firm to secure the three points.
Town’s team (4-4-2):
Alex Smithies; Calum Woods (Paul Dixon, 90), Anthony Gerrard, Peter Clarke, Jack Hunt; Danny Ward, Oliver Norwood (Lee Novak, 74), Keith Southern, Adam Clayton; James Vaughan (Joel Lynch, 80), Jermaine Beckford
Ian Bennett, Sean Scannell, Scott Arfield, Alan Lee
Bookings Town: James Vaughan 58, Anthony Gerrard 74, Adam Clayton 85
Bookings Wolves: Roger Johnson 58,