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Dyche Disbelief At Gunners' Late Late Show

26 November 2017

Sean Dyche was left perplexed after a third successive stoppage time goal saw Arsenal beat Burnley.

The Clarets, who lost to two contentious decisions against the Gunners last season, saw a 92nd minute penalty award - for a push by James Tarkoswki on Aaron Ramsey – dispatched by Alexis Sanchez.

And the Burnley boss admitted he was left cursing as his luckless side again came out on the wrong end against Arsene Wenger’s side.

“Three times against the same side, in the last minute, leaves you scratching your head,” he said.

“It’s a difficult one for statisticians to work out the odds, that’s for sure. You almost stand there and can’t believe what you are seeing. But that is football.

“It’s probably a penalty, in fairness, and certainly a less contentious decision than the last two, but the only thing is that he (Ramsey) is never going to get the ball.

“He (Tarkowski) does make contact, but that late in the game you have to be 100 per cent sure and to be honest, it was highly unlikely anything other than a penalty was going to get given today, decisions wise.”

Dyche added: “The players are frustrated about many things in the game today that were miles out of our control.

“There were a number of strange decisions, but I have to look beyond that and it’s also difficult because I felt it was a very good performance from us, particularly in the first half.

“To play against a side like that and keep them on the back foot, and limit them to so few chances, was very pleasing.

“They had a good 15 minutes of the second half and then we got back into it, so overall it’s a good performance and we’re just disappointed in the outcome.

“So many part of our performance were pleasing and I told the players that afterwards. It’s hard to define sometimes how you get nothing from a game, but we didn’t today.

“The growth I talk about in the side was there again today and the gaps we are trying to shorten against the other teams and the real superpower clubs was on show.

“On any given day it’s hard because when they really turn up it makes it doubly difficult, but on an even chance such as today I thought we performed very well.”

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