The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

TWO years ago, Burn­ley sur­prised the book­ies, the pun­dits and – if they are hon­est – prob­a­bly them­selves by win­ning pro­mo­tion to the Premier League.

Tipped for rel­e­ga­tion, their solid sys­tem, bl­itzkrieg counter-at­tacks and nippy for­wards even­tu­ally saw them fin­ish in sec­ond place to se­cure top-flight sta­tus.

Could Read­ing be about to re­peat that feat? Cer­tainly on this show­ing, af­ter Burn­ley were com­pre­hen­sively beaten at their own game.

By the end of the first half, the Clarets had 67 per cent pos­ses­sion but no an­swers to a Read­ing side al­most im­pos­si­bly dan­ger­ous on the break.

If the Roy­als can keep key play­ers fit, they will be hard to stop this sea­son, es­pe­cially on the road.

Burn­ley, though, shouldn’t be too dis­heart­ened. The Clarets were sim­ply caught cold and were wor­thy of a lev­eller by the end, which never quite ar­rived.

Know­ing Sean Dy­che, it won’t hap­pen again.

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