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Grayson stands firm over Rhodes

26 August 2012

Jordan Rhodes proved he has taken the step into the npower Championship in his stride with his second goal in a week, and boss Simon Grayson joked it had added to the in-form striker's price tag as Huddersfield beat Burnley 2-0 on Saturday.

Coveted striker 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 Barclays 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.

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 Town boss Simon Grayson. "We have no intention of selling him until someone meets our valuation. Like any other player in the world, Jordan Rhodes has his valuation but we don't want to sell him. "

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. 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 offside.

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."

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 view. In the final third we lacked a bit of spark and invention and did not have an end product."


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