Sam Vokes insists Burnley need to focus on themselves rather than refereeing decisions after a narrow defeat against Swansea City on Saturday.
The Welsh international came on as a substitute for the final 15 minutes of the weekend’s game and saw his late penalty appeal waved away by the referee, before forcing a good save from Swansea goalkeeper Łukasz Fabiański with a near-post strike.
But instead of putting the spotlight on the referee’s verdict – after Vokes challenged for the ball with Neil Taylor inside the box – the striker believes the Clarets need to concentrate on improving their finishing, as they look to climb back out of the Premier League’s bottom three.
He said: “We thought we were strong in parts, especially in the second half when we started really strongly and had a few chances.
“Unfortunately, they went up the other end, got a set piece and scored. They punished us and it’s a tough one to take.
On the penalty appeal, Vokes added: “The ball came over and he [Taylor] was trying to tackle with his waist tight, but it’s one of those.
“I won’t make a meal of it and it’s up to the referee at the end of the day and he didn’t give it.
“That’s the way I play. I try to fight for every ball and if I get taken out, I am taken out.
“But we had chances in the second half that we’ve got to take.
“I managed to get a yard and get my shot off late on, but he [Fabiański] made a good save down at the near post.
“Unfortunately, when we have games like these and we go one-nil behind, we need those sorts of chances to go in our favour.”
The centre forward made his seventh league appearance of the season against Swansea after recovering from a knee injury that had kept him out of action for nearly nine months.
And Vokes has revealed he is now looking to push for his first Premier League start for Burnley, as the Clarets travel to Anfield to take on Liverpool on Wednesday night.
He said: “I’m happy with things and I feel a lot sharper getting back into it now. It’s been a really good six weeks of being back involved with the first team.
“It’s been a long journey and I am working towards pushing for a start now.”
On the trip to Liverpool, he added: “Of course it’s a tough one and they’re a top side. But we’ve nothing to fear and we’ve shown what we’re about all season.
“We’ve gone to Man City, Newcastle and Chelsea and picked up points, so we need to take confidence from those sort of results and take it into that game.”