Sean Dyche was at a loss to explain his dominant Clarets suffered back-to-back defeats after Middlesbrough’s smash-and-grab raid.
The Clarets boss felt at least two penalty decisions went against his side as, despite having 27 attempts on goal and 71 % possession, Jacob Butterfield’s breakaway goal allowed Boro to snatch victory.
In end, Derby’s victory over nine-man Huddersfield meant that Burnley’s destiny would still have not been assured ahead of the Easter weekend.
But Dyche was delighted with his side’s efforts as he questioned the officials’ decision-making in the overall outcome.
He said: “We know the challenge of this division and we didn’t come here expecting a party, but I thought we were fantastic today.
“It was total domination and unfortunately a situation where things outside our control have affected the game.
“The stats would have blown the Sky machine up today and it is an anomaly how the ball doesn’t end up in their net.
“It’s a very poor goal we’ve conceded with two mistakes on the trot.
“But it’s just very difficult for me to speak because the officials made such a difference to the outcome of the game.
“There were at least two factual penalties not given. The ref has spoken to their players about not pulling shirts in the box, but when it happens with Danny Ings, he doesn’t give it.
“I asked him what was the point in speaking about that if you are not going to give them?”
Dyche added: “There were others and we had two or three not given - and their keeper is the man of the match.
“It was total domination, but it’s not the first time decisions have gone against us this season and we’ve learned to grin and bear it.
“That’s nine (penalties) not given this season, but we know what we are about and we have performed fantastically well again today.
“There were so many positives and we never stopped searching for at least an equaliser.
“It’s about taking that into the next game now.”
Results leave the Clarets still with a healthy cushion in second place, with just four league games remaining.
Dyche added: “At the end of the day the reality is this. We have four games to go and we have an eight point lead and if someone had offered me that at the start of the season, we all would have taken it.
“The fans were giving the players a standing ovation when they went off because they have just seen their side absolutely destroy someone.
“They are aware sometimes the rub of the green and decisions make a difference. But they’ve seen their side give everything and they know, as I do, that you win games with performance levels like that over time.
“We know teams can’t withstand performances like that on a weekly basis.
“We have four big games and if we keep playing like that we know we will turn teams over.”