Clarets' defender rues missed opportunity
Kieran Trippier admitted Burnley should have helped themselves after getting little assistance from the officials in their pursuit of an overdue home win.
The Clarets were held to a 1-1 draw by struggling Barnsley as they were left waiting for only a second Turf Moor victory since Boxing Day.
And even though referee Carl Boyeson did them few favours – turning down an apparently obvious penalty when Charlie Austin was tripped with the score at 1-0 and not sending off defender Stephen Foster for pulling back Martin Paterson when he was already on a yellow – Trippier felt Burnley could have done more to spare themselves the controversy.
“It was a great victory at Charlton and we came in full of confidence and got that early goal from Charlie,” said the Clarets’ defender.
“I thought it was going to be one of those nights when we would win comfortably but it didn’t happen for us.
“I thought in the first half we did well and put a lot of crosses into the box but in the second half we made it difficult for ourselves.
“If the referee had given a penalty – and I had a clear view of it – it could have been 2-0 and the game would have been over.
“It was a massive decision. Like the gaffer said after the game, the referee could have given us something. But we have to put the game away and we didn’t do that.”
After spending a year on loan at Barnsley earlier in his career, Trippier wasn’t surprised by the Tykes’ fighting spirit as they hit back with a late goal from Tomasz Cywka.
But he insists the Clarets must remain positive with another home game to come against Hull City next Monday night.
Trippier added: “They did well to get back into the game and we just struggled for that second goal.
“Barnsley took their chance and it was a good finish.
“I am disappointed, as all the lads are, that we only came out with one point and not three and a clean sheet but we have to move on and hopefully get three points next Monday and push ourselves up the table.”