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Dyche: A Nearly Day

17 March 2013

Clarets boss rues offside equaliser

Sean Dyche insisted Burnley were robbed of victory by an offside goal deep into stoppage time at Ewood Park.

The Clarets looked to be cruising to their first win against Blackburn since 1979 following Jason Shackell’s assured first half finish at the second attempt.

But following Ben Mee’s second half dismissal, Rovers snatched a dramatic share of the spoils when Dunn fired home from an offside position in the fifth of six added-on minutes.

Clarets boss Dyche said: “I am very frustrated with the outcome again. 

“We have found it tough to be on the right side of decisions and one goes against us again at a vital moment.

“Their lad scored when he was two yards offside and when you see it again it’s a clear one!

“That is a real, real sickener when the players have worked that hard for themselves, the fans and the club.

“I have no issue with the six added-on minutes. Ross (Wallace) was down for a couple of minutes and they can decide how long to play, but what needs to be warranted is getting a decision that was correct.

“It’s happened far too many times to us this season, but I will not let that take away from the rest of the game today because I am very proud of the lads.”

Burnley could have been more than one goal up at the break following a first half they dominated.

Dyche added: “The first half was terrific and in the second we contained them. 

“The sending off changed the whole feel and I don’t have any issue with that either.

“We knew it was going to feel different from them on, but we felt the way we were playing we could organise as we did and then a decision goes against you!

“I have just said to the players though that they should be proud. 

“It’s not an easy ride at the moment, so to go out there and play with that freedom and on the front foot, shows they have it in them and now we need more of that.

“I was proud of everything today, particularly the support. It was a nearly day as we tried to change history – and it would have been deserved.”

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