The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Thomas McIl­roy By Matthew Hay­ton

GARETH AINSWORTH has pledged to de­velop Rowan Liburd’s huge po­ten­tial at Wy­combe Wan­der­ers – to show his grat­i­tude to Read­ing for loan­ing the striker so cheaply.

The 23-year-old ar­rived on a one-month loan, mak­ing his de­but in the 1-0 de­feat at New­port County last week­end.

Liburd’s sign­ing came af­ter an an­kle in­jury to Paris Cowan-Hall, just three weeks into his three-month loan, ruled him out for the sea­son.

The Chair­boys still have to pay for Cowan-Hall while he is side­lined, mean­ing there is hardly any room for them to ma­noeu­vre in the loan win­dow, but it ap­pears Read­ing have done Wy­combe a good turn.

“Let’s just say the price was per­fect,” Ainsworth said.“We’re still pay­ing for Paris and we’ll hon­our that.

“We have a great re­la­tion­ship with Read­ing.We play a sim­i­lar type of foot­ball and we have the link with their Un­der-21s play­ing here.

“We never think to take the re­la­tion­ship for granted. What we can’t give in terms of money, we can give in terms of com­mit­ment to de­vel­op­ing play­ers.

“Rowan has scored or had a hand in a goal ev­ery time I’ve seen him play, and com­ing here he knows he’ll be part of a work ethic that will help his ca­reer.”

SEAN Dy­che warned the chas­ing teams that Burn­ley won’t let up in their chase for pro­mo­tion af­ter see­ing his side move seven points clear at the top.

A strong first-half per­for­mance saw the points head to Turf Moor as goals from Stephen Ward, Sam Vokes and Ben Mee pun­ished a Hud­der­s­field side whose in­abil­ity to de­fend set-pieces cost them dear.

And with ri­vals drop­ping points else­where, Dy­che was quick to praise the achieve­ments of his sid as they close in on an im­me­di­ate re­turn to the Premier League.

“The first half in par­tic­u­lar was a re­ally strong per­for­mance.We were tac­ti­cally very strong,” he said.

“In the se­cond half it was a good per­for­mance in a dif­fer­ent way, man­ag­ing the game out and get­ting the re­sult.

“We knew Hud­der­s­field had changed their style. The man­ager is look­ing to form their own iden­tity with his team and they play out. I felt we dealt with that well and caused them prob­lems.

“We de­liv­ered a very strong per­for­mance and one that was wor­thy of the win.

“We want to play on the front foot and we go af­ter ev­ery team. We don’t wait for teams. I’ve al­ways felt the best form of de­fend­ing is at­tack. We go af­ter teams.

“There are good signs from a lot of my play­ers and I’m re­ally pleased for them.

“I’m happy with the way the team are work­ing. We all know how the team op­er­ates and there’s a clar­ity to how we work.

“We fo­cus on our own game and I fo­cus on be­ing pro­duc­tive. If we can play beau­ti­ful foot­ball then great. If we have to bat­tle and scrap then we will.

“Some peo­ple come up with stats about us not hav­ing the ball as much the op­po­si­tion.We keep putting the ball in their net though.”

Burn­ley took the lead on 14 min­utes when a David Jones cor­ner was headed goal­wards by Michael Keane for Ward who clev­erly hooked the ball past Jed Steer.

The Clarets dou­bled the lead on the half hour when An­dre Gray held the ball up and re­leased Ge­orge Boyd who crossed low for Vokes to fin­ish from close range.

The Ter­ri­ers re­duced the ar­rears when Joe Lol­ley curled a low shot past the de­spair­ing dive of Tom Heaton a minute be­fore the break.

But the vis­i­tors re­stored their twogoal cush­ion with Mee head­ing home an­other Jones cor­ner on the stroke of half time.

The in­tro­duc­tion of Harry Bunn and Jamie Pater­son in the se­cond half saw the home side im­prove with Ja­son David­son hit­ting the cross­bar from a tight an­gle and Pater­son blast­ing over when he should have done bet­ter.

The dam­age had al­ready been done though, with Hud­der­s­field man­ager David Wag­ner left to re­flect on what might have been af­ter the game.

“I don’t know if this was a tac­ti­cal prob­lem.,”Wag­ner said.

“The story is very easy. In the first half we were not brave enough.We made sim­ple mis­takes de­fend­ing set pieces. This hurts.

“If you like to beat the best team of the league you have to make the easy things right. Here we didn’t.

“We have to ac­cept the re­sult. But I am glad we did stick to our iden­tity and phi­los­o­phy. I asked the play­ers to show me that they learnt from the first half and I think in the se­cond half we did it well.We stood on our front foot but we were not clin­i­cal enough.

“Here lit­tle things didn’t go in our di­rec­tion.

“If you like to beat the best team of the ta­ble you have to use your chances and have to make sure your de­fence is con­cen­trated and fo­cussed enough.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Im­ages

THREE AND EASY: Ben Mee scores the third goal for Burn­ley

LOAN: Rowan Liburd

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