Sean Dyche had no complaints as a Harry Kane hat-trick gave Tottenham all three points at Turf Moor.
The England striker equalled Alan Shearer’s goalscoring record of 36 Premier League goals in a calendar year with a controversial early penalty and two clinical second half strikes.
Strike partner Deli Alli incurred the wrath of the home crowd following a clash with Kevin Long for the seventh minute penalty, minutes after being booked for a late lunge on Charlie Taylor.
And Dyche admitted both were tough calls for referee Michael Oliver to make.
The gaffer said: “Firstly, I have to say they were the better side. They are top class and when you have Harry Kane as the figurehead of your team, he makes you even better.
“He was the difference and the best player on the pitch my miles tonight; backed up by a side that has had maybe a bit of an up and down time recently, but who can hurt you in so many ways.
“They pressed us well, got on the front foot as a unit and that made it tough for us.
“We didn’t make good decisions early on in the game and they had a big start with the penalty.
“There were some tough decisions for the referee today and they are hard to call. The (Alli) tackle, I’ve seen red cards for because he’s out of control.
“I don’t like to see red cards, especially for challenges, but that’s a really tough call.
“For the penalty, he (Alli) is going down after the ball has gone out of play and there’s gamesmanship.
“There is contact on the outside of the knee, but it’s minor at best and he is already on his way down. We’ve all spoken about it and it’s a really tough one.
“The irony is there was a definite penalty on Ashley Barnes for a penalty in the second half and then Sam Vokes ‘goal’ should have stood.
“Both were incidental to the scoreline by the way, and I make it clear, they were the better side and those decisions might just have given us a sliver of a chance.”
Dyche, whose side still go into the festive period in seventh place – their highest league position at Christmas since 1973 – added: “We have to look at the bigger picture tonight.
“As a manager, you feel these results because I want to compete against everyone and we didn’t really do that, and credit to Spurs for that.
“We know where we’re at though. Everyone has been trying to get me to talk about Europe in the past week, but come on…
“We know we are maturing as a side and we are moving forwards. We know we have some really tough games coming up and injuries and suspensions, but there has been as lot of good work done by myself, the staff and the team and the board.
“There’s a good connection between all parts of the club and that’s important to remember. That doesn’t stop you thinking that’s a tough day at the office today though!”