Gaffer anger at controversial opening goal
Sean Dyche insisted Dexter Blackstock’s controversial opening goal gave Nottingham Forest the lift they needed to break down a resilient Burnley side.
Dyche was adamant that Blackstock took a ride on skipper Jason Shackell to open the scoring in a tight game where the first goal was always going to be crucial.
Billy Sharp added a second soon after as Burnley were felled at Forest.
But after a first half that the Clarets shaded, Dyche felt referee Mark Haywood’s decision to allow the opening goal was a pivotal moment at the City Ground.
The Clarets boss said: “We created two very good chances in the first half and perhaps that would have been a turning point.
“In the second half we just couldn’t find that killer pass or control the game.
“We just weren’t at it, or find a way of hurting them, but they got a goal that is a foul. The first goal was always going to be crucial and I’ve seen it again and I’m very disappointed in that decision.
“It gave them the upper hand and calmed down the crowd, who had been a little bit disgruntled at half time.
“That changed the whole feel of the whole stadium. This is a nervous stadium at the moment and the change was the goal and it’s clearly a foul.
“I’ve spoken to the referee about it because it’s not just the goal. It gives them belief.
“After that it’s up to us to respond and we didn’t quite do that as a team.“
The Clarets carved out the best openings of the first half, as Charlie Austin volleyed over, Chris McCann just missed the target and Martin Paterson struck the outside of the post.
Martin Paterson hits the post
But the failure to take one of those chances proved crucial in a second half the hosts dominated.
Dyche added: “I’ve looked at the stats after and Lee Grant hasn’t had a save to make, but we’ve conceded two, which is disappointing.
“In key games like that, you have you take your chances as well as defend and that’s another learning curve.
“Today is another reminder that we are not the real deal and we are still growing into the task.
“We will always look at ourselves first and how we are developing and moving forwards – and we are.
“But today is another reminder that you have to play for 95 minutes and take our chances.”