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Gaffer's Manchester City Reaction

21 October 2017

Sean Dyche felt aggrieved at the manner of the penalty that put Manchester City on course for a club record-equalling 11th straight win.

The hosts never looked back once Sergio Aguero stroked home from the spot on the half hour after Nick Pope was adjudged to have fouled Bernardo Silva.

But Dyche was not happy with the reaction of the Portuguese international, following minimal contact from the Clarets’ keeper.

The gaffer said: “I was pleased with aspects of our game. This is probably as difficult a place as there is to come at the moment, and we had a couple of maybe moments.

“But then there’s a penalty that’s hard to decipher, for everyone. We had one not given against Chris Wood last week for more contact than there was today.

“If I was with my kid in the garden and tripped him, he wouldn’t fall over like that, let’s put it that way.

“I am fed up talking about the amount of simulation – and I don’t know why they call it that when it’s cheating.

“There is a touch (on the player) today though, and the problem is that the rules say if there is a touch, he has to give a penalty.

“I’m not sure how the ref has seen that, because I had to look four or five times. But the touch to make you jump up in the air like that is physically impossible.

“It’s a skill in itself to jump that high from getting such a small contact!”

Two late goals from Nicolas Otamendi and Leroy Sane made the win more conmfortable for the Premier League leaders.

But Dyche, who lost Sam Vokes to a stomach muscle injury on the eve of the game, then saw Chris Wood tweak a hamstring, felt this was another learning curve for his side.

He added: “You need breaks to go your way and we didn’t really get any today.

"We lost Sam yesterday, although that’s nothing serious, then Woody felt his hamstring and we had to get him off before that goes.

“Apart from the penalty they made some chances and it’s rare they won’t - especially at this place.

"In the second half we levelled it up a bit, but then once they got a head of steam up, it’s very difficult – and they made a few subs that aren’t bad!

“The main thing for me though is continuing to develop as a group. Our shape was good again today, as was our energy within our shape, but we have to break from that mentality and use the ball wiser.

“It’s difficult on days like today because these are an unbelievable group of players assembled for a huge amount of money.

“You have to look at the bigger picture though, and it’s all about my players learning and moving forwards.”

 


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