Dyche disappointed in Clattenburg

Clarets boss Sean Dyche was disappointed with referee Mark Clattenburg's performance after failing to dismiss Stoke City's Marc Muniesa in Burnley's 2-0 defeat at the Bet365 Stadium.

Saturday, 3rd December 2016, 6:09 pm
Updated Tuesday, 6th December 2016, 4:42 pm
Sean Dyche

The Spaniard was only booked for appearing to deny Andre Gray a clear goal-scoring opportunity with the Clarets trailing 2-0 in the second half.And Dyche felt Muniesa, who scored his first Premier League goal to make it 2-0, also handled Scott Arfield's first-minute free kick, which deflected out for a corner.Dyche said: "He's a good referee, I didn't think he was so good today."We didn't get anything."The one in the first half, Scott Arfield off the wall, Muniesa's got his arm in an unnatural position and it hits it. We don't get that."The one on Andre, I don't know where it lives anymore."If you give the foul in the original moment, then he's clear. He's on his own, running towards goal."Most people in the stadium would argue, Andre Gray is likely to win that race, therefore it's a foul and, in my opinion, he's got to be sent off."He decides not to, because by the time four seconds later when he's been grappling, the other man is round."That's the only reason I can presume he didn't send him off."We need a decision to go our way, we certainly didn't get many today."Clattenburg pulled play back when Gray had shrugged off Muniesa, with the attack still alive, and Dyche added: "Andre is free at the end and he can square it. He just had one of those moments referees unfortunately have sometimes, and we've been on the wrong end of those this season so far."If you allow it to go down to that moment, are you officiating the first moment or four seconds later when it's in the box?"We know what happens there. I don't know whether he knows. I'll have to ask.

"I get discombobulated trying to work out some of the rules."

Despite the defeat, Dyche, who made four changes to his side, bringing in Ashley Barnes, Gray, Arfield and Jon Flanagan, was pleased with the general display: "I was pleased with the performance, we've got to start somewhere away from home, and we haven't really started, but we did with the performance.

Sean Dyche

"We didn't get the result we wanted, of course, but a much stronger performance, much more recognisable from my side about what we're about.

"There was good energy, good organisation, and some good quality in our play as well. We mixed our game well and became effective.

"We started really well, and then got more effective through the second half."

He added: "Generally I thought we looked effective, more like what we are. There are no guarantees you'll get results - I'm not too worried about the idea you haven't won away, because it's a tough division, and look how Stoke have moved on and some of the players they've brought in, and the level of finance they've used. They're no mugs.

Sean Dyche

"So to come here and give a performance like that is a good sign, a start point. We know we've got to continue that, at least, and there's still no guarantees."

However, he was disappointed at the goals conceded: "Poor first goal, a hit unlucky because Ben Mee slips on the turf, but the first part from the throw in is poor defending.

"The second can be prevented, but you could look at it as a good goal from them - not so great from us, and two moments in a half where there weren't too many others.

"Second half I thought we dominated spells of it."