'Nothing short of a disgrace' - Wolves ace slammed by pundit after Burnley performance

Burnley put Wolverhampton Wanderers to the sword last weekend, as Chris Wood's stunning first-half hat-trick saw them storm to a 4-0 win at Turf Moor.

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 10:59 am

In his weekly team of the week selection for BBC Sport, pundit Garth Crooks named both James Tarkowski and Wood in the XI, and picked out Wolves' Daniel Podence for some strong criticism after a controversial appeal for a penalty.

Crooks claimed: "This was an outstanding team performance. Burnley have been a credit to the Premier league and to their manager. They may not be the most gifted team I've ever seen but they are the most honest.

“They don't dive or scream when they get tackled and give 100% win or lose. Ben Mee and Tarkowski were outstanding yet again for Burnley and epitomise what their team is all about.

Wolves ace slammed by pundit after Burnley performance

“The way Daniel Podence remained on the ground looking for a penalty having been challenged in the Burnley area was nothing short of a disgrace. I'm not sure the reaction of his team-mates was much better either.

“If referees don't sort out this incessant diving each time a players is touched in the box we will soon have no game at all.”

Turning his attention to the hat-trick hero, Crooks said: “The Burnley striker was electric and took his goals brilliantly. It's been a difficult year for the Clarets and Sean Dyche has done a wonderful job to keep his players focused and his team in the Premier League.”

The Clarets return to action next Monday, when they face Champions League-chasing West Ham United at Turf Moor.