Gaffer hits out at "game changing" red card
Sean Dyche claimed Brian Stock was the victim of mistaken identity in the booking that contributed to 10-man Burnley crashing out of the FA Cup.
The Clarets went down 1-0 to a late Danny Rose goal at Oakwell in a game that saw Stock dismissed before half time for two yellow cards.
The first followed an off-the-ball incident in the Burnley box as the Tykes prepared to take a free kick.
But Clarets boss Dyche was adamant that Barnsley striker Marlon Harewood should have been sent off for raising his hands – and insisted that Stock was an innocent victim of referee Paul Tierney.
He said: “I am disappointed in the outcome today because of a referee’s decision that is totally out of our hands.
“We can affect a game and try to beat the opposition, but it’s very difficult when it goes beyond the opposition.
“The first booking is not a booking. (Marlon) Harewood hits our player in the back of the head and doesn’t go off the pitch, which I am amazed at.
“Brian (Stock) is left with an unfortunate booking and if there was a push it is not even him because I’ve seen it again.
“I don’t really see what Brian’s part is and it certainly looks like mistaken identity.
“I’ve watched what happened in the wall five times and it’s incredible any of our players were booked in that incident.
“That changes the whole feel of the game because we were in command of the game at that stage and never looked in trouble.
“We never looked in trouble with 10 men, let alone 11, but decisions go out of our hands and there’s nothing you can do!”
Dyche, who revealed the Clarets will not appeal against the decision, added: “I don’t even feel there’s any point nowadays.
“We did that with Kieran Trippier and got nothing, so there’s really no point.
“It’s the fourth big decision that has gone against us now and we feel there are no grounds for that.
“Referees have a tough job, but I am just really disappointed that we are struggling to get a big decision to go our way.
“I thought the shape and the basic requirements today were excellent. The resilience of the team, which has changed since we have been here was shown again in the second half and we never looked in trouble frankly.
“It’s one of those things at the end with the goal that decides it, but the game hinged on what happened before that and it’s a very poor sending off.”
The one positive to come from the game was the display of Jamaican international Dane Richards, who came off the bench in the second half to have a positive impact on his debut
Richards only received international clearance to play on the eve of the cup tie, and Dyche insisted: “The plan was to contain Barnsley and be ready to counter when necessary, and Dane added that to our game when he came on.
“It’s very difficult for the boy because he has just got into the country and we felt it was right to just throw him in and give him that first little look at it.
“It’s a great chance for him to get involved and we’re delighted with him.”