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Dyche: Spurs Should Have Been Down To 10

18 December 2016

Sean Dyche felt Spurs should have been reduced to 10 men during the agonising 2-1 defeat to Spurs.

Mousa Sissoko was yellow carded for a high tackle on Stephen Ward (above), moments before setting up Danny Rose for the winning goal.

And Dyche felt his players were again on the end of a poor decision from Kevin Friend that could have earned his side a reward for a vastly improved away performance at White Hart Lane.

Dyche said: “I think that was very cruel because I thought we were very good today.

“A lot has been made of our away form, but I think you could see there that there’s life in what we’re trying to achieve.

“We were up against a top side today and it’s unfortunate because I don’t want to keep harping on about referee’s decisions, but it’s a poor challenge from the lad Sissoko and he has to go off.

“He stays on and immediately sets up the winner, so obviously I am very frustrated on that score because we played some good stuff today and deserved something from the game.

“You can see they are a top side with quality everywhere but we do need the rub of the green and yet again it’s a big debate lately, especially from me, but if you look at my player’s reaction to a clear sending off, he gets up and gets on with it.

“If he does 14 rolls on the floor, the ref is under pressure. I don’t want my players to do that, but equally I don’t know how we are going to get these decisions.

“Players have to make challenges, but he has his hands across his face so it’s a blind, high challenge and quite simply a red card.

“He then sets up their goal, so I am bound to be disappointed for my players and the fans who travelled down here.”

The Clarets led through the recalled Ashley Barnes’ prodded early opener, before Dele Alli levelled matters on the half hour mark.

Rose then rifled in Sissoko’s assist to maintain Spurs’ unbeaten home start to the season.

Dyche added: “We are a work in progress, but there have been strides forward in the past couple of away games.

“We deserved something at West Ham and here, remembering who we are playing against.

“We played some good staff, particularly in the first half, so we are moving forwards. I know it sometimes doesn’t seem it but we have some good points on the board and, with more performances like that it will change away from home, I’m sure of that.

“We are getting more productive and we are just taking a few knocks at the moment in terms of decisions. We can only hope that our honesty doesn’t cost us.”

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