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Dyche Hails Deserved Point

2 April 2016

Sean Dyche believes that goal-line technology should be introduced in the Championship after almost being robbed of a point at Brighton.

Michael Keane’s 88th minute header crossed the line, but was not given as the Clarets looked to find a second equaliser in a gripping top of the table clash.

Michael Keane's 'goal' is ruled out...

Justice was sensationally served as Keane earned a precious draw three minutes later with a virtual replica of his disallowed effort.

Keane celebrates the dramatic equaliser

But the Burnley boss rightly questioned the introduction of goal-line technology, with the prestige and riches of top flight football at stake.

He said: “I would be surprised over the next few years, with all that’s on offer in the Championship, we don’t see technology being drip-fed down.

“That’s no disrespect to Leagues One and Two, because I played there, but with the enormity of the Championship and the finances is generates, I would be surprised if they don’t start looking at it.

“On days like today, when it was that obvious that the ball was over the line and it doesn’t get given, you have no choice but to question the officials.

“Therefore, you obviously need help and I think it’s appropriate at this level of the market that it comes into play.”

The Clarets trailed to Dale Stephens effort before Andre Gray’s 23rd goal of the season restored parity.

Anthony Knockaert restored the hosts’ lead on the stroke of half time, before the breathtaking finale kept Burnley four points ahead of third placed Albion.

Dyche added: “Overall I think it was a well-deserved point. I thought they played well in the first half and got their noses in front.

“But I felt we were strong in the second half and we always knew we had a chance.

“They have conceded 26% of their goals from set-pieces, so we worked on that area and with a scratch of luck, if a linesman does his job properly, we could have nicked all three points.

“I clearly couldn’t see the goal that wasn’t given from where I am, but what I could see is a group of players that was so instant.

“We all know you can’t always judge a player’s reaction to an incident, but when it is that instant and literally every player acts in that way within a millisecond, then usually that’s a sign.

“I am very disappointed that wasn’t officiated in the correct manner.

“After that I was really pleased with the mentality of the players. We know how strong we are mentally, but that was a fantastic reaction to not be disappointed in the moment and keep plugging away.”

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