Dyche frustrated by decisions

Sean Dyche felt a number of incidents went against his side as a controversial late Southampton equaliser denied Burnley a first win in 11 Premier League outings.

Saturday, 24th February 2018, 5:38 pm
Updated Saturday, 24th February 2018, 5:50 pm
Ashley Barnes remonstrated with referee Bobby Madley

Saints snatched a point through substitute Manolo Gabbiadini at the death as he turned and volleyed in from Josh Sims’ cross - after referee Bobby Madley blocked Ashley Westwood from getting to the ball ahead of Nathan Redmond, who set up the Southampton attack.

Dyche felt Kevin Long was impeded by Gabbiadini for the goal as well, and felt there was a good shout for a penalty moments later as Ashley Barnes went to ground under a pull from Wesley Hoedt.

Madley earlier missed Saints keeper Alex McCarthy carrying the ball outside the area under pressure from Aaron Lennon, and Dyche said: “It was another interesting afternoon let’s say.

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Ashley Barnes remonstrated with referee Bobby Madley

“Without being brilliant I thought we were solid, but you can only control the controllables and things out of ours went against us.

“The fans want an even contest and to see it delivered. Apart from Nick Pope making a fantastic save we have done enough to win.”

Asked about the key incident, Dyche mused: “Which incident? The goalkeeper handled outside the box. Ashley Barnes was fouled for a penalty but fortunately jumps up and scores anyway.

“Then there was the moment when the ref unfortunately gets hit with the ball that puts them on the counter.

Ashley Barnes remonstrated with referee Bobby Madley

“Kevin Long was pulled back by the shirt when there wasn’t a lot in it to be honest, but everyone gets a free kick from them.

“And Ashley Barnes was pulled down by a hand on his shoulder (off Wesley Hoedt).

“The fans were really disappointed, everyone wants to see their team just given a chance, but the performance was solid. I have mixed feelings on that really.”

Burnley’s wait for a Premier League win goes on, but Dyche added: “I still think there is more to come.

“Still think we are moulding the team. It was solid.

“We didn’t give a lot away. It’s just so frustrating for everyone involved because the game was going nowhere other than us winning – all we can do is keep working.”