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Dyche: Clarets Paid The Penalty

14 December 2016

Sean Dyche felt his side were denied a point at West Ham United by a poor refereeing decision.

The gaffer insisted there was a clear foul on goalkeeper Tom Heaton in the build up to the Hammers’ first half stoppage time penalty, converted by Mark Nobler at the second attempt after the Clarets skipper had saved his initial effort.

And Dyche was left frustrated at rough justice as the Clarets frustrating away results continued, despite a dominant second half display.

Dyche said: “I thought unfortunately the game has been decided by a referee’s poor decision.

“Tom Heaton is clearly fouled in the build-up to their penalty and I’ve never, in recent times, not seen that given because keepers are so protected now.

“You can clearly see Antonio ducks his head, makes a back and smashes into the keeper, who can’t get a clear punch on it.

“After that, it’s a penalty, but it wouldn’t have been because it’s a foul.”

He added: “Unfortunately we can’t get a big decision at the moment. I’ve spoken to the referee and he said that he didn’t see it as being a foul. I said ‘It’s not 1972!’

The Clarets had several big chances to level matters after the break, with Vokes three times coming close, and Scott Arfield forcing a fine save from Darren Randolph from a precise free kick.

Dyche added: “In the second half we had some good chances and even Sam, if you watch it back, sees their player with his foot 6ft 2in in the air, which makes him just flinch.

“If that happens in the middle of the pitch, that’s probably a foul, but we weren’t getting those big decisions tonight.

“In the first half they were the better side, without a shadow of a doubt. But in the second half we were the better side and we deserved something from that game.

“We created three golden chances and I think everyone in the stadium is scratching their heads that we didn’t take one. But we keep working hard and that was a good response in the second half.”

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