Huddersfield manager Mark Robins hailed Jermaine Beckford as "a master finisher'' as his two goals guided the Terriers to a vital 3-0 win over Millwall in the npower Championship.
Beckford made it four goals in three matches as Huddersfield scored three goals at home for the first time this season, James Vaughan also on target. It was Huddersfield's second win in six games and they remain firmly entrenched in the relegation fight with Millwall also dropping into the shake-up after a dreadful run of form.
Robins, though, could not contain his admiration for Beckford who is on loan from Leicester. He said: "It was Premier League finishing from Jermaine. He has been unfortunate with injuries and he would be some player if you had him for 46 games a season. I love watching him. He is a master finisher and on his day he is unstoppable and unplayable.''
Robins also praised Beckford's strike partner Vaughan who scored the other goal and set up Beckford's second. "His work-rate is phenomenal and he doesn't let defenders rest. As a pair Vaughan and Beckford are as good as any in this league.''
Beckford broke the deadlock in the 37th minute when his persistence paid off. Millwall skipper Danny Shittu tried to shield the ball out of play for a goal-kick but slipped and Beckford cut in from the byline and clipped a curling finish over David Forde from the tightest of angles.
Ten minutes after half-time Vaughan made Huddersfield's first-half dominance count when he was put through by Adam Clayton and fired home hard and low. Vaughan's pass helped seal a vital three points for Town in the 62nd minute when he sent Beckford clear through the middle. Beckford smashed home giving Forde no chance.
Town go to bottom club Bristol City next week and Robins said: "Another three points and we should be over the line. Fortunately we don't need favours from anybody.''
Millwall boss Kenny Jackett does not believe his side is safe yet with four matches to play, a fixture backlog caused by the club's run to the FA Cup semi-final. "Three of our remaining matches are at home and we have to make that count,'' he said.
"Our cup run hasn't helped and it's been a strange season. If we'd have got results over the last five matches we'd have been looking at the play-offs. That's been the story of our season. If we won a couple we were looking up, but a couple of losses and we were looking down."
Jackett said Shittu made a "poor mistake'' for the opener but added: "Danny has been excellent for us this season. He's been caught on the ball but it wasn't a pitch or a game to take your time on. Beckford has finished it brilliantly. Beckford and Vaughan, on their day, are special.''