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Gaffer Aggrieved After Late Swansea Winner

4 March 2017

Sean Dyche felt the Clarets should have “nicked” a point in a controversial, last-gasp 3-2 defeat at Swansea.

Fernando Llorente headed a stoppage time winner after the Clarets, who trailed to the Spaniard’s first half opener, edged ahead on the hour mark following an Andre Gray brace.

Gray’s first, before half time, came when referee Anthony Taylor awarded a spot kick despite Sam Vokes handling the ball, leaving the Swans feeling aggrieved.

But after Martin Olsson had levelled matters up again, it was the Clarets who felt they were wronged after Llorente’s shove on Ben Mee for the headed winner went unpunished.

Boss Dyche said: “Performance-wide, we weren’t as good as we have been recently. I thought they were the better side, particularly in the first half.

“We dealt with it better after half time and stayed in the game, which I’m really pleased with. We’ve got our noses in front and then there’s a really important moment when Andre crosses and Sam Vokes almost gets a touch for a third goal.

“In the end, we would have nicked a point, but unfortunately we couldn’t because of a foul on Ben for the winner, which is a real shame.

“I have been told since it wasn’t a penalty, but that doesn’t mean the referee shouldn’t give the foul and sometimes that’s the way it goes.

“Just because one goes for you doesn’t mean the next one should go against you, so I’m feeling for the players because there was no lack of effort today and it would have been another valuable point on the board.

“But you are only human and you are going to be disappointed when they score with so little time to go because it’s a foul; it’s as simple as that.

“There is no way he (Llorente) can jump over a player like that and you saw Ben flying to the floor.

“How it’s not given, on that occasion, I was very surprised.

“I must say though, they were the better side, especially in the first half, and I am amazed at where they are.

“They are a good side anyway and it’s that head-scratcher when, under a different manager, players find form. They were a good side anyway and it’s always been tough coming down here.”

The defeat leaves Burnley still nine points above the drop zone with 11 games remaining.

But Dyche, who revealed Captain Tom Heaton missed the game in South Wales following an overnight illness, insisted: “I’m not interested in that.

“I look at the performance levels of the team because if we get them right we’ll take care of ourselves anyway.

“We weren’t miles off today, but we just looked a little off in terms of energy and lacking in our sharpness.

“We know this is a tough division and I don’t over-think it. We are in good shape physically and mentally and ready for the challenges that come our way.”

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