Huddersfield v Derby reaction
Simon Grayson has not given up hope of signing Jermaine Beckford
but the Huddersfield manager knows he will have to be patient.
Beckford, a prolific goalscorer when playing under Grayson at
Leeds, was set to join the Terriers on transfer deadline day last
month but the Foxes pulled the plug on the deal at the eleventh
Grayson revealed he is still looking to add to his strikeforce
after watching his side beat Derby 1-0 courtesy of Danny Ward’s
goal after 47 seconds at the John Smith’s Stadium.
And the Huddersfield boss is prepared to play the waiting game
in the hope of bringing Beckford back to West Yorkshire.
Grayson said: “I think the Beckford deal will probably be off
for a while, I’m disappointed we couldn’t conclude that on deadline
day but we will see what’s available.
“I’m pleased with the options I’ve got, but Jermaine’s deal
would have been the icing on the cake. I could go and sign another
striker tomorrow but I don’t think the ones that are available are
any better than what we’ve got.”
When asked about the possibility of signing Beckford, Grayson
added: “I think it’s been put on the back burner from Leicester’s
point of view, I think they’re going to keep him for a while but
you never know in football, we thought we’d done a deal but things
can change quickly.”
Grayson also revealed he hopes to sign Adam Hammill on a
permanent basis after the on-loan Wolves winger set up Ward’s
winner on his home debut.
“We’ve not got a deal in place, but we’ll see where we get with
that one in January,” he said. “He’s just happy to play football,
he had to take a pay cut to come here.”
After a terrible start, Derby got into their stride in the
second half in particular and Grayson was pleased to see his side
dig deep for all three points.
He added: “We knew Derby would have a lot of the ball because
that’s how they play, they pass and move it. Sometimes you have to
be solid as a team and don’t give them the space to exploit
“I thought for all the possession Derby had, they didn’t really
give Alex Smithies too many saves to make and we looked a threat on
“I’m delighted with the clean sheet and a victory and the most
important thing was the attitude we showed when we were under
pressure and the desire not to get beaten.
“They’re a good team, I watched them against Watford, they went
to Wolves and got a good draw and should have won, so we’ve come up
against a good team.”
Rams boss Nigel Clough was at a loss to explain his side’s
sluggish start and was left frustrated with their lack of quality
in the final third.
He said: “We’ve been starting games well but we didn’t do that
today. It set us back a bit. The goal gave them a massive lift and
then we didn’t really get going until the second half.
“We got into it a little bit in the first half, but the second
half we got really got on the ball but it was a bit late.
“We were a little bit flat (in the first half). We got into some
great positions to cross the ball and we chose not to do it. We
were not doing the basic things well and didn’t make the right
decisions in the final third. Some of our play up to the edge of
the box was excellent in the second half.”