Sean Dyche felt Burnley were on the wrong side of another red card incident as the Clarets went down to Preston at Turf Moor.
Preston right back Marnick Vermijl had already been booked for a foul on Ben Mee when he took out the Clarets right back with the game still scoreless, seven minutes after the re-start.
Mee is fouled by Vermijl in the controversial incident
Referee Kevin Friend gave the North End the defender the benefit of the doubt, later insisting referees have been debating body-checks and subsequent punishments.
And North End took advantage of their fortune to pounce through strikes from Will Keane and Daniel Johnson to earn Lancashire bragging rights.
Clarets boss Dyche said: “The outcome wasn’t what we wanted, but I was generally quite pleased with the performance.
“You have to be productive and I lost count of the chances we created.
“Their goalkeeper is man of the match, which is usually a good sign on your attacking play.
“We did give them a really, really soft goal for the first one, but we have to punish teams when we are on top and if you throw in what I think is impossible non-sending off for their player for a second yellow card, that’s not helpful either.
“It’s quite simply a body-check. He doesn’t go to play the ball at all and I find that impossible that it’s not a sending-off.
“I spoke to the ref and he said they have been debating those recently and in his opinion it’s not a booking. I find that incredible.
But I must make it clear we should have taken care of business. We had the chances today, particularly before half time.
“That was the strongest start we’ve made to a game all season. I thought we were dominating and they have had to work hard all the game to stay with us.”
North End keeper Jordan Pickford kept North End level at the break with a sublime one-handed save from the returning Sam Vokes, with the ball looping down onto the crossbar from Burnley’s best clear-cut opening.
Dyche added: “You have to take your chances. Today was one that got away and it’s smash and grab from them, I think.
“Sam had a few chances and I want my strikers to be in there.
“I never really knock them for their misses, only if they are not in there to get the chances.
“But Sam and Andre have had enough chances today and even Joey popped up with a few. That’s my main disappointment today, but the overall feel I felt there were some good things again today.”