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Dyche Questions Arsenal Winner

2 October 2016

Sean Dyche questioned the decision to award Arsenal’s crucial last-gasp winner.

Laurent Koscielny bundled home a winner off his arm, after the allotted two extra minutes had elapsed, following a tight Turf Moor affair.

And the Clarets boss felt his side were worthy of taking a precious point against the Gunners.

Dyche said: “You have to question the time and whether their corner should be taken, and you have to question whether its hand ball because it looks it.

“There were a number of question marks and it’s a poor way to end a game. I thought it was over the allotted time.

“Only by six seconds or so, bit that’s enough to blow a whistle. The second point is we didn’t defend it as well as we should do, and the third point is it comes off their player.

“Is he offside? If he’s not, then Koscielny handballs it in. If I was a referee, I was certainly be thinking that’s not a great moment.”

The Clarets kept Arsenal largely at arms’ length with an impressive display of organisation bursting with energy.

Dyche added: “We had some really good chances. We’ve hit the bar and made their keeper work and then, on the other side of things, when you have to defend, I felt we did that very well.

“The organisation and belief is a big thing in this team and that was absolutely on show today.

“The defeat doesn’t take the gloss off completely though because it’s a long season and we are improving.

“Of course, we are human and a full stadium will go away frustrated at that last six seconds and frustrated that we didn’t get a big decision go our way.

“But there was a nice feel about the performance. A lot is made of our physicality and energy, but there were moments of quality today and we are going to need that as the season goes on.

“We are moving forward I feel and that’s a big part for us.

“We’ve got seven points on the board this time around and we could easily have three more, with the last minute goal against Hull and then today.”


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