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Dyche Rues Miller Time

1 April 2013

Sean Dyche pointed the finger at referee Nigel Miller after a 97th minute penalty denied Burnley victory over Nottingham Forest.

The Clarets boss was furious that Forest were awarded a spot kick almost six minutes into injury time after five had been signalled by the fourth official.

Lewis McGugan duly rattled home the penalty in the 97th minute to cancel out Junior Stanislas’s deflected strike midway through the second half.

And Dyche was again left to rue a referring decision he felt cost his side two valuable points.

He said: “It was an incredible turn of events. The goal with the last kick of the game was well over the allotted time, but what can you do?

“I was amazed by some of the decision out there, but we don’t just have to beat the 11 out there at the moment and it’s happening too often.

“It was a penalty and I’ve no issue with that, but the fact that it was at 5 minutes and 45 seconds, when only five went on the board, is the incredible thing.

“It’s important the fans hear my views about everything about what we do and I really don’t want to be stood talking about officials.

“I want to be talking about the team and the events of the game, but we are on an impossible run of decisions from officials at the moment.

“We have only had one win in six and in there are four draws. We have all seen that three of those other games should have been wins, but they have been taken away due to decisions we cannot do anything about and that is hard to take.”

Dyche, who spoke to referee Miller following the game, added: “He said he felt the allotted time was correct and that he was going to put in his report that we were late for kick off, which is interesting.

“I love this club and I am just so frustrated for our fans. We were more than good value for all three points against an in-form Forest side and they have seen their team give everything.

“But we can’t get over the line because of things that are taken out of our hands and that is really difficult to take for all at Burnley Football Club.”

Dyche added: “The crowd were great today. They stayed with the team, which is important.

“We wanted to go out and be on the front foot, show plenty of endeavour and moments of quality.

“We just about did all that and we can play better still, but as I suggest, to be taken out of your hands by things out of your hands is a really tough one.

“We dare to dream about what we can do, but if you look at the points we’ve had taken away we would be glimpsing up and saying ‘well, let’s have a go’.

“Instead, we are having to work hard for different reasons, but work hard we will and we will get the points on the board.”

The Clarets suffered an injury to Ben Mee, whose knee injury will be assessed later this week before it is known how long he could be sidelined for.

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