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Tarkowski 'Irked' With Penalty Call

Defender frustrated with costly spot-kick decision as Clarets' run ended

21 October 2017

James Tarkowski admitted he was ‘irked’ by the penalty which set the Clarets on their way to their first away defeat of the season.

Burnley lost 3-0 to Premier League leaders Manchester City, who equalled a club record 11 straight wins to continue their flying start to the campaign.

But they needed a controversial spot-kick to break the deadlock with half an hour gone when Bernardo Silva threw himself to the ground following the smallest of touches from goalkeeper Nick Pope.

Sean Dyche’s men then tried to battle back before being sunk when Nicolas Otamendi headed in from a 73rd-minute corner and Leroy Sane scored the goal of the game two minutes later.

“It’s a slight disappointment with the goals we gave away,” said Tarkowski, who lost nothing in defeat following another lion-hearted display.

“We aren’t known for getting beaten at set-pieces. It’s something we pride ourselves on at being good at.

“It was a dubious penalty decision and it was the first two goals which really put the game in their favour and not the way we wanted to concede.

“The way he (Silva) toed it away it looked like he was waiting for Popey to go down. From what I could tell, it looked like he left his leg in which irks me a little bit.

“It winds me up to see players playing for penalties. If it’s a penalty fair play, but I felt he played for it a little bit.”

The Clarets responded well to the set-back of the spot-kick converted by Sergio Aguero for his own club record-equalling moment as he moved level with Eric Brook on 177 City goals.

But despite making Pep Guardiola’s title favourites work hard for an eighth league win of the campaign, they couldn’t find a route to goal to extend their six-game unbeaten run.

“It makes it difficult. We are chasing the game and got opened up a little bit,” Tarkowski.

“I thought we did all right and made a couple of half-decent chances and we could possibly have had a penalty. (Fabian) Delph kicks it into his hand, which wasn’t by his side and was up in the air.

“You see them given, but we didn’t create a massive amount.

“We’ve had a positive start to the season. We’ve been away to some good teams and got some good results.

“So to come here and get beaten 3-0 is one of the worst we’ve had so far, but there’s a long season ahead and we’ll look forward to the next game.

“They have some top-class players and people who can cut you open. They will be up there by the end of the season, so fair play to them.

“We’ve got some good points on the board so far, but we need to start picking up a few more.”

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