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Dyche: The One That Got Away

10 November 2012

Gaffer rues refereeing decision

Sean Dyche rued the one that got away after a controversial refereeing decision contributed to the defeat at Ipswich.

Lee Grant appeared to be fouled when Daryl Murphy headed Town into a second half lead at Portman Road.

A deflected Sam Vokes header 10 minutes from time gave the Clarets hope of snatching a point.

But DJ Campbell’s late winner made it another miserable trip to Suffolk for the Clarets, who rallied in Mick McCarthy’s first home game in charge of the Tractor Boys.

Opposite number Dyche said: “We knew there was going to be a reaction after Ipswich got beat 5-0 in midweek. 

“With a new manager there had to be, but I felt we dealt with that and more than matched it for large part of the game.

“We didn’t quite have enough in the way of chances, but unfortunately the game changed on a soft decision from a referee, which is not ideal.

“In modern football, those fouls are given. Fifteen years ago, when I was clashing heads with people they weren’t, but now heavy contact on a keeper is given.

“There were fouls given for both keepers when there was minimal contact, but I consider that to be heavy contact.

“That happens though and I have no problem with referees. They have a tough job, but it did change the whole feel of the game and not just the scoreline.

“It changed the whole mentality of their team and we had to work ever so hard to get back into it, but we got back on the front foot and it was the quality of the cross created that goal, whoever scored it.

“I thought we were then in control of the game, but a breakaway goal has done for us when we should have been seeing the game out. Sometimes it happens.”

Dyche, who revealed that Ben Mee missed out with a foot injury, added:  “But that’s six points out of nine and we are trying to build a mentality here where those games go our way and we get something out of every game we go into.

“We are a work in progress, but there were some real positives from that performance and there have been in general to the way the players are reacting.

“The effort levels are outstanding, so there was ways we can improve and the players are trying to do that.

“Today was a nearly game for us and you could argue it’s the one that got away because we got our pocket picked.”

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