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Dyche Birmingham Reaction

15 August 2015

Sean Dyche felt two penalty decisions both went against his side in the 2-2 home draw with Birmingham City.

The Clarets boss felt City should have been down to 10 men early in the game for a foul by Jonathan Spector on Lukas Jutkiewicz in the box, which went unpunished.

And Dyche also called in to question City’s second goal, when Clayton Donaldson tumbled over softly in the box to allow the visitors to take a 2-1 second half lead.

Burnley appeal City's second half penalty

Dyche said: “In the end we’re scratching our heads how we haven’t won the game.

“I am flummoxed by the decision to give them a penalty and to be honest the game would have been shaped a lot earlier because Spector should be off for pulling Jutkiewiecz down in the box.

“If the penalty is given, you can’t guarantee that’s scored, but they would have been down to 10 men.

“As for their penalty, I’m a long way from it and I don’t want to make any accusation on the player, but factually I have seen it again and he stands over the ball in a completely unnatural movement and stands on Tendayi’s (Darikwa) toes and goes down.

“Our player doesn’t even try to make a challenge. The referee has given it, but if he goes that all I would say is it’s a complete impossibility that the one in the first half on Jutkiewicz can’t be given.”

The Clarets twice came from behind to earn a second successive draw, with Michael Keane and Matt second half substitute Matt Taylor both grabbing their first goals for the club.

Matt Taylor takes the plaudits

Dyche added: “I thought we were dominant throughout. In the first half we were a bit flat and it was a nearly performance.

“In the second half there was much more life in our performance and we were much more productive with the ball.

“The big thing for me though is the nature of the side.

“We’ve been down three times in games now and come back each time and we’ve had big decision go against us.

“But we don’t get disappointed easily here and we keep fighting for what we deserve and a draw was the minimum we deserved today, in my opinion.”


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