Sean Dyche still a VAR fan despite decisions going against Burnley
Burnley brought the curtain down on another season of progress with what was only a second defeat in 16 Premier League games, and first at home since New Year’s Day.
But it could have been different had Jay Rodriguez not twice been denied, first when he wasn’t awarded a penalty for a shove in the box from Dale Stephens, before his equaliser was ruled by for offside against Johann Berg Gudmundsson.
Dyche said of the penalty shout: “It is peculiar. I am a big fan of VAR and remain so, but for me that is one where VAR has gone against us.
”The natural flow of a decision from the referee gives that, and because they get so many angles they then decide that players have pushed his body across too far and it goes against you.
”For me that is a penalty, I see penalties in this division that are unbelievable.
”Someone is tapped on the ear and legs buckle and they get given so I can't see how it wasn't a penalty. I still think VAR will be good for the game overall.”
And on the disallowed goal, he added: “The Johann one, he definitely impedes their keeper but the keeper is never going to get there in a million years in my opinion, but that is a contentious one and I would want that to go for me.”
Brighton’s winner was allowed to stand after a check couldn’t conclusively prove the ball had gone out of play in the build up: “The one down the line, I was in line with it, the ball bounced on the line so it gave VAR and the linesman an out.
”But when you see it from a different angle you can see it bounces wide of the line and he brings it back onto the pitch and that one goes against us.
”In balance, I didn't think the penalty one was a tricky decision but I thought the other two were and I understand that.”
And in terms of the game, Dyche was disappointed to lose, and not to win the Golden Glove for Nick Pope, who missed out to Manchester City keeper Ederson: “Performance wise I thought we put a lot into the game.
“There was certainly not a lack of effort and drive and will to try and make a difference so I was happy with the team and how they went about it.
“For Popey, he had a chance to get a share of the golden glove, and a worldie was their first goal and it was a soft second from us defensively in front of him.
”I would have liked to have seen him get a share of that and that hasn't happened.
”I would like to have seen us win, obviously, but the lads have put a lot into it. We have asked a lot of these players.“