Clarets bow out of Capital One Cup in controversy
Sean Dyche felt his side suffered rough justice after exiting the Capital One Cup through a controversial late penalty.
The Clarets boss questioned referee Robert Madley’s decision to award a crucial 76th minute spot kick following Jason Shackell’s challenge on West Ham substitute Kevin Nolan, from which Matt Taylor broke the deadlock.
A second, late penalty from Jack Collison that resulted in a straight red card for Keith Treacy sealed the Clarets’ cup fate.
Dyche, whose side had not lost in two months, said: “We haven’t had that feeling for a while, but I felt the lads did well and delivered a good performance, particularly in the first half, against a group of Premier League players and a big club.
“To have the game change on an incident like that one is disappointing.
The referee felt he got the decision correct, but my view is that I didn’t think he had a good enough view.
“That is more my concern and it’s a soft one in my opinion, having seen it again.
“The contact is minimal because the defender has every right to get across and challenge for the ball.
“I thought the referee had a very tough view. He is a long way behind the incident and with three or four players’ inbetween.
“I questioned whether he could be 100 per cent sure there was no contact with the ball.
“I think ‘Shacks’ has done well to get across Nolan and get a block on it.
“You can’t actually see it that clearly, but it looks like there is some sort of contact by the angle the ball travels, so we are disappointed.
“I just asked him if he felt he had a good view and he said he thought it was a definite penalty, so we accept that and we move forward.”
Commenting on the second penalty in the closing stages, after a West Ham break resulted in Treacy tripping Jack Collison, Dyche added: “We are scrambling to get back in the match and Keith has clipped their lad in the box on the breakaway.
“It’s a penalty and a red card, and it’s the latter that really hurts us. I’m not sure you need a red card for that, even though the law says you have to.”
The result, which ends a seven-month unbeaten home record, leaves the Championship leaders free to concentrate on their league campaign starting at Millwall this weekend.
Dyche added: “I think we have given people plenty to smile about here lately, so I don’t think anyone is over-thinking tonight.
“I like winning and so do the players, it’s as simple as that!
“But if you are going to lose then lose in the right fashion, and I thought we did that.
“There was no shortage of effort or application and good quality, so there are many good signs because the players who came in tonight did very well.
“We had four players out tonight and we are hopeful they will all be back for the weekend, so we are ready to go again.”