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Dyche Frustration At Saints Draw

24 February 2018

Sean Dyche felt the frustrations of everyone inside Turf Moor after his side were denied victory by a controversial 90th minute Southampton equaliser.

The Clarets looked to be heading back to winning ways after Ashley Barnes scrambled the ball home with a quarter of the game remaining.

But after referee Bobby Madley blocked off Ashley Westwood, as the midfielder went to take control of Barnes' square ball in the centre circle, the Saints broke to level through substitute Manolo Gabbiadini.

(Picture: Rachel North)

Dyche said: “I thought we did enough to win that game, but there was stuff out of our control, which is really frustrating.

“Without being brilliant it was a nice, solid performance, but it’s a tough one to take because we’ve not had much go for us during the game.

“Their keeper handles outside the box and nothing is given, then just before our goal Ashley is fouled with two hands in his back, but luckily gets up to get his goal.

“Then they get a goal out of the referee blocking the ball, which is unfortunate, but when they attack in our box there’s a pull on Kevin Long’s shirt.

“It’s not much, but we all know what happens in the Premier League when that happens, and how many times do we see it, rightly or wrongly?

“People go down when they have their shirt pulled and it’s given, yet it doesn’t get given and they score.

“It’s hard for referees to try and get out of the way of everything, but my point is if you are the referee and you have just put them on the counter attack, then see a defender pulled in the box, I think as a referee my decision would be that is a foul, because it’s cost a team a goal.

“Then, lo and behold, right at the end Barnesy gets pulled down again – and I’ve seen all these back by the way - and I think it’s a penalty for a team that hasn’t had one all season.”

Dyche, who recalled Stephen Ward in place of Charlie Taylor, and opted for Ashley Westwood in a system change that saw Sam Vokes drop to the bench, added: “All that is outside of our performance and you hope they take care of business, which I think it did today.

“The game was petering out into a 1-0 victory and I think everyone in the stadium could feel that.

“So, for them to get a goal out of a nothing situation and us to lose two points on the back of that is very frustrating.

“We know we are still getting back to what we can be as a squad and we still know we need to open up better chances, so there’s still more to come, but we did enough today, I felt.”

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