Huddersfield v Burnley reaction

Rhodes, 22, English football’s 40-goal top scorer last season

while in League One, finished superbly for Huddersfield’s

second-half clincher.

The Scotland international has been tracked by clubs in the

Premier League and the Championship for months, and Huddersfield’s

determination to hold onto their prized asset is likely to be

tested in the last week of the transfer window.

Town have put a reported ?8million price on his head, with

chairman Dean Hoyle insisting he will not sell to a Championship


Rhodes, who scored a stoppage-time penalty equaliser against

Nottingham Forest on Tuesday, smashed a 58th-minute shot into the

top corner after James Vaughan had caused problems in the box.

“Jordan’s price has just gone up with that goal,” beamed


“We have no intention of selling him until someone meets our


“Like any other player in the world, Jordan Rhodes has his

valuation but we don’t want to sell him.

“The chairman has turned down a lot of money already and all

Jordan has to do is keep working hard in training every day and

hopefully score goals.

“If he does, then it may be that a top Premier League club comes

in for him in January.”

Town, winning for the first time at Championship level in 11

years, made the perfect start when centre-back Joel Lynch headed

his first goal for the club in the seventh minute.

Vaughan, who joined on a season-long loan from Norwich on

Friday, won the corner and boyhood Burnley fan Oliver Norwood

launched the set-piece for Lynch to head home despite an attempt to

clear it off the line.

Joseph Mills thought he had kept the ball out but the assistant

referee gave the goal.

Rhodes struck the bar with a header and forced Lee Grant into a

point-blank save.

Burnley lacked punch up front but thought they had equalised

when David Edgar’s shot was touched in by Charlie Austin, but

referee David Webb ruled it out for off-side.

Rhodes sealed it after the break and though the Clarets pressed,

they failed to make a serious attempt on the Huddersfield goal.

Grayson insisted his side were far from a one-man team and

added: “It was a real good team performance with some good

individual performances.

“We closed down well, passed the ball well and were resolute and

we have a threat going forward.

“I didn’t see whether the ball went in for the first goal but

the linesman has made a decision.

“It’s important to get your first win for the confidence it

gives you going forward. We have set our standards and we must keep

them up. We are the underdogs in this league and must be on our


Burnley boss Eddie Howe said: “I need to see the first goal

again and also our disallowed goal.

“Joe Mills thought he had kept the first one out and for our

effort the ball nicked Charlie but it didn’t look like he was

beyond the defender.”

Howe was concerned that his side conceded from set-pieces and

said: “That is not like us. It was a bad day from that point of


“In the final third we lacked a bit of spark and invention and

did not have an end product.

“I thought we dominated possession and we hoped to create

chances and score goals but it didn’t happen.”

Burnley lost back-to-back games for the first time since March

and Howe said: “In this league you have to bounce back.

“This league is very difficult and we have to make sure we are

tougher to beat.”