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Reaction: Dyche on Everton defeat

18 April 2015

Sean Dyche has admitted he felt hard done by some refereeing decisions after a narrow defeat away at Everton.

Kevin Mirallas scored a first-half winner, before Burnley saw Ashley Barnes sent off for a second bookable offence on the stroke of half-time.

The Clarets then stayed in the game right until the final minutes, but couldn’t force an equaliser.

And the Burnley manager had no complaints about the red card for Barnes, but felt some other decisions went against his side on a frustrating afternoon at Goodison Park.

Dyche said: “I think big decisions went against us and inevitably cost us today.

“I must make it clear that one of those decisions wasn’t Ashley Barnes’ sending-off.

“They’re not malicious, but just silly challenges from a player who gives everything for the shirt and his teammates.

“He made bad decisions really and the rules now are that if you make such challenges, you get booked and you have to go.

The Clarets boss added: “But beyond that, it’s a hard one to start with!

“The penalty wasn’t a penalty in my opinion. It was outside the box and Tom made a great save.

“At the other end, Scott Arfield was dancing along the edge of the box and their player made a rash challenge.

“Scott didn’t go down, which was spoken about and maybe people will tell me that he should have done, but he got nothing for it.

“If he had gone down, I think the referee would have been under pressure.

“Then Ashley Barnes got in behind, crossed it and their player came across him with his arm in an unnatural position.

“That was handball in my opinion, but we don’t surround the referees. We let them get on with their job and hope they make good decisions.

“But I think the biggest and most obvious one was Mirallas’ challenge on George Boyd.

“It’s a red card and then it would have been 10 against 10 and the momentum of the game would have changed.

“We were right in it at that stage and the crowd were getting nervous. We nearly created good chances and controlled the game tactically as best as we could.

“They had a couple of chances on the break, but we had the momentum against 11 men and had they gone down to 10 men, I would have certainly fancied us.”

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