Penalty king Graham Alexander is aiming to shoot Burnley into the Coca-Cola Championship Play-Off Final after scoring the spot-kick that gave the Clarets a 1-0 win against Reading in the first leg of their semi.

Alexander drilled home his fourth penalty in three matches - giving him a perfect 10 out of 10 from his spot-kick attempts this season - to give his side a slender advantage heading into Tuesday evening's second leg at the Madejski Stadium.

The 37-year old midfielder, who has played in every Burnley game this season, said: "I've had a little spurt of penalties, which is great, but I just want to do the job the lads expect of me so I'm always just happy to see the ball hit the back of the net.

"We were actually a bit disappointed with our (first leg) performance, but not conceding against a good team like Reading, who've got a lot of attacking options, was encouraging and we were happy with a 1-0 win."

After chalking up their sixth successive home win, Burnley would be entitled to fancy their chances of reaching the Wembley Final when they face a Reading side who have not won at home in a barren eight-match run stretching back to January.

But Alexander says there will be no hint of overconfidence when they step out at the Madejski. "There were no celebrations in the dressing room after the first game," he said, "we just wanted to start getting ourselves ready for the second game.

"Nobody's been talking about Wembley because nothing's sorted from the first leg. It's nice to have an advantage, but we've got a lot of work to do down there and we know it's going to be tough because Reading will come at us.

"They're a quality team, especially going forward, but hopefully we can take the game to them. We've got a lot of attacking options ourselves and we'll be going for it - look at the prize, no one wants to give that up easily."

The initial prize for the winners will be a trip to Wembley, where the massive prize on offer will be a place in the Premiership. And that would be sweet indeed for Alexander, who has not got the best of records in the Play-Offs.

"This is my seventh Play-Offs," said the former Scunthorpe, Luton and Preston player, "and I've not been very fortunate in the past. Hopefully I can put that right by getting to Wembley this time and then see it through to the Premier League."

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