Eddie Howe felt the Clarets failed to overcome the psychological blow of seeing a crucial third goal controversially chalked off in the 2-2 home draw with Millwall.
The Clarets had fought back from a goal down to lead through Ben Mee’s first goal for the club and Charlie Austin’s 11th of the campaign when Junior Stanislas slotted home a third deep into the second half.
However, after an eternity a linemsan’s flag for offside against Martin Paterson in the build up led to referee Craig Pawson changing his decision to award the goal.
And after the Clarets conceded a gut-wrenching stoppage time equaliser Howe insisted he was ready to speak to the authorities regarding the performance of the officials.
“I am not a happy man tonight,” said the gaffer.
“I think we have been dealt a cruel hand and should have won the game comfortably.
“The two penalties in the first half I can’t get my head around because they were blatant hand balls, especially the first one, where his hands were above his head.
“As for the disallowed goal, it may well have been offside, but the fact the flag didn’t go up and the goal was given means the crowd are celebrating, the players are celebrating and we’re getting ready for the kick off.
“To then have it chalked off … I’ve never seen that before in all my years in football!
“It was as late a flag as I have ever seen.
"I’ve looked at the linesman and he hasn’t flagged. The referee has given the goal and it’s happy days.
“Then, for whatever reason the linesman has decided to get involved. I don’t understand it.
“If he was concerned about offside you would have thought he would have flagged and they would have that discussion straight away.
“The delay absolutely killed our players and it was a huge psychological barrier for our players to deal with because quite rightly we thought we were 3-1 up and had a cushion and it was game over.
“They suddenly believed it might be their day and credit to Millwall.
“It gave them a lift and they kept going and we conceded late on.”
Howe added: “I haven’t spoken to the ref because there is no point.
“I will be speaking to the assessor and the referee’s bosses though because I thought he was really poor all day, regardless of the decisions.”
The Clarets suffered a late pre-match blow when skipper Jason Shackell withdrew from the starting line-up during the warm-up.
Howe explained: “Jason picked up a recurrence of the problem he suffered prior to Leicester a few weeks ago.
“We hoped we could patch him up and get him out there again after resting him for a week, but it wasn’t meant to be.
“He broke down, so we have to see the extent of that and see how bad he is.”