Read­ing’s in-form striker inspires Clarets’ down­fall

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

half chances.Yes, Sam Vokes might have won a penalty when his shot struck the arm of Jor­dan Obita. But for all their dom­i­nance, the Clarets lacked the dy­namism of a Read­ing side that bris­tled with men­ace.

It wasn’t what they did so much as what was threat­ened; a man stung by a bee will think twice be­fore dip­ping for honey and Burn­ley were clearly in­hib­ited.

Flaws were es­pe­cially glar­ing in mid­field, where the nor­mally tidy pair­ing of David Jones and Scott Ar­field spent much of the open­ing hour pass­ing to op­po­nents or be­ing shrugged aside.

In­deed, it wasn’t un­til the in­tro­duc­tion of debu­tant Joey Bar­ton that con­trol was fi­nally wres­tled back and shortly af­ter­wards Ten­dayi Darikwa – out­stand­ing for the home side – net­ted at the back post.

“We knew what we were get­ting with Ten­dayi,” said Burn­ley boss Sean Dy­che, who paid Ch­ester­field £600,000 for the 23-year-old right­back in June. “There are no guar­an­tees but he’s set­tled in quickly and he’s ma­tur­ing into a very good player.

“He was very ef­fec­tive to­day, es­pe­cially go­ing for­ward. That’s some­thing we have been en­cour­ag­ing and he’s look­ing like a real good as­set for us.”

There­after it was one-way traf­fic, with Jor­dan Obita and Ol­lie Nor­wood clear­ing off the line and Vokes forc­ing a save from Jonathan Bond.

“I can’t com­plain about the re­sponse,” added Dy­che. “The chances we cre­ated – it was enough to get some­thing from the game.You gen­er­ally judge by the re­ac­tion of the crowd and the fact they clapped us off speak vol­umes.

“Un­for­tu­nately, you can’t give away a two-goal start at any level. It al­lows them to drop off and kill the game and that’s what they did.”

Read­ing’s Michael Hec­tor and Burn­ley’s Chris Long in ac­tion



WA Burn­ley

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