Boss mystified by Marney sending off
Sean Dyche blasted the decision to send off Dean Marney’s as “unacceptable” as the 10-man Clarets crashed at home to Birmingham.
Marney saw red for a strong, but fair looking challenge on Paul Robinson in the 61th minute, soon after a clinical Ross Wallace’s penalty had cancelled out Curtis Davies’ first half header.
minute winner rubbed salt in Burnley’s wounds.thMarlon King’s 89
And Dyche left referee Darren Drysdale in no doubt that he would be seeking an explanation for the turning point of the Turf Moor clash.
He said: “Once again we don’t have to try and beat the 11 players in front of us, we have to overcome other things and that’s unacceptable in my opinion.
game and I’ve had three sending-offs, one for a deliberate hand ball that wasn’t, one for mistaken identity and one for a tackle that was just a great tackle.th“That is my 16
“I don’t know where the line is drawn any more. It’s a hard tackle, but low on the floor and taking the ball cleanly.
“I can’t even fathom how that the referee can later tell me that was ‘excessive force’. Do we now have to tackle softly?
“I find it incredible and I’ll be talking to the referee’s assessors about that because if you take tackling out of the game you will have a strange game left.
“To be fair, Lee Clark actually came over to me and said he though it was his player being sent off. That’s how strange it was!”
minute through Wallace’s spot kick, before King’s stunning late volley won it for the visitors.thBurnley trailed to Davies’ early header, but deservedly levelled matters in the 55
“The lads, I thought, were slightly below par in the first half – albeit not deserving of being one goal down,” added Dyche.
“At half time we asked them to up things 10 per cent and play through the units quicker and we did that and did everything to win a football match.
“In the second half we were tremendous with 10 men, not only the effort but with our football.
“We opened them up with 10 men and your man Butland has produced again with two or three great saves.
“I’m proud of the way the players performed and I’m just trying to work out what we need to do to get parity.
“It’s important because we are not just earning wins, we are having to over-earn them.
“We have worked so hard to get within touching distance and t have that type of performance from the officials is very hard to take.”