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Dyche Questions Big Decisions

30 November 2013

Sean Dyche insisted his side were again on the wrong end of refereeing decisions after the Clarets fell to only their second league defeat of the season at Huddersfield.

The Clarets boss felt errors by the officials contributed to both Town goals early in the second half, through Oliver Norwood and a dubious James Vaughan penalty for a band ball by Michael Duff, whose booking would later cost him dear.

Dyche, who admitted his side were well below par in the opening 45 minutes, saw Danny Ings give his side hope of a late point with his 15th goal of the season.

But the Clarets, who ended up with 10 men following Duff’s second yellow card late on,  were left to rue a poor first half display  and big decisions that again went against them after the break.

Dyche said: “I am always honest in my opinions and I think it’s fair to say in the first half we weren’t at the races.

“Huddersfield were the better side - it’s as simple as that, and it’s very rare for us not to come out of the blocks properly. 

“We shuffled it at half time and I think we started brightly, but then came the big talking points.

“For the first goal it’s not a corner and we can all see that. We are all in line with it and they score from that corner, which admittedly we could have dealt with better.

“Then, for the penalty, everyone will see it, but in my opinion it’s not a penalty. Michael (Duff) is outside the area for starters, which is always a sign, in my understanding of the rule, that it’s not a penalty. 

“To be fair he has motioned towards the ball, but his hands are by his side and it has hit him in what looks like his ribs. 

“It’s very, very frustrating because we had just got a foothold in the game, but at 2-0 it’s a hard ask.

“I asked the referee afterwards, but in my opinion it’s very rare in my experience that they say they got it wrong.

“I would accept that because we all make mistakes, but we need to be better too.

“That first half performance is probably the worst we’ve had in a match, from pre-season, let alone the season. It’s a rare one and we want to keep it that way.”

Dyche who replaced Michael Kightly and David Edgar with Brian Stock and Junior Stanislas at half time, explained: “We made tactical changes at half time because we thought it needed shaking up. 

“I thought it had that effect and the players were terrific in giving everything as the second half drew on and so nearly go back in it but for an offside goal from Sam (Vokes), which looked marginal to me. 

“It’s a close one and I have seen them given and not given, but that happens. However the penalty, in my opinion isn’t and that’s our real frustration.”

Dyche added: “The fans were terrific again today. We had 3,600 fans here backing the team, which is unbelievable, and I’m frustrated for them because we’ve been beaten with circumstances that are beyond our control.

“But today is a good reminder how tough this division is. We knew that already, but we are still right up there and deserving of the position we are in, so we will re-focus and get ready to deliver again on Tuesday from the first whistle.”

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