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Dyche Rues Big Decisions

20 October 2018

Sean Dyche renewed his call for the introduction of VAR after the Clarets felt aggrieved by a number of big decisions in the 5-0 defeat at Manchester City.

The Clarets boss felt that City duo Vincent Kompany and Leroy Sane should have been sent off for reckless challenges on Aaron Lennon and Matt Lowton respectively.

Both were booked following the incidents, which saw Lennon receive two stitches in a thigh wound caused by Kompany’s high boot in the first minute, and Lowton blatantly chopped down by Sane late in the game.

And following a bizarre incident that led to City crucially doubling their lead shortly after half time, Dyche insisted technology should play a part in the game.

“The Burnley boss said: “I am flummoxed to understand where the state of the game is at present. If Kompany’s is not a red, I don’t know what is.

“Because it’s so early in the game, there’s that weird thing about officials where they don’t do anything, but it’s a red for me.

“It’s high and on his blind side and Aaron has a two-inch gash on his thigh that needed a couple of stiches, and he did well to last as long as he did.

“It’s just a bizarre twist of the game that it’s is a yellow and people who are diving all over the place get nothing. I just find that bizarre.

“Later on in the game, Sane’s is a red as well. You can’t just go around a pitch hacking people down with no intent to play the ball.”

City, who led at half time thanks to Sergio Aguero’s seventh goal in seven games against the Clarets, then doubled their advantage nine minutes after the restart in controversial fashion.

The Clarets players stopped expecting a whistle from referee Jon Moss after Sane went down in the box under Cork’s half-challenge. And as the loose ball appeared to cross the by-line for a goal kick, David Silva crossed for namesake Bernardo to fire home.

“It’s frustrating and the lesson learned is to play to the whistle, said Dyche.

“We have to deal with the moment and then remonstrate, but before that, I don’t know where to start.

“Sane somehow goes down in a manner that is almost impossible, and the referee looks completely confused.

“Our players are aggrieved at that and then the referee is going to give a penalty and puts his whistle to his mouth, but doesn’t - and in the meantime their player, who is off the pitch, walks back onto the pitch to cross the ball that has gone out of play, for them to score.

“I don’t know how many wrong things happened, but there were lots of them!

“It was a bizarre moment in time and the whole stadium had no idea. It was confusing for all, and that was really important for us.

“The second goal here is so, so important and for the next few minutes we never lost that aggrieved feeling, they scored again and you don’t come back from three goals down here.”

Dyche, who accepted City were the better side, added: “VAR has to happen. It’s just got to.

“People just need to look at the game and decide. They are a top side, and they don’t need a leg up.

“VAR might just balance it up a tiny little bit so that teams like us get a fair crack of the whip. They can still beat you, whether the ref gives a good, bad or indifferent decision, because they are a very good side, but when you are right in it and it’s 1-0, you don’t need that to happen.

“Up until then, we did ok. Doing ok here sounds simplistic, but it’s not easy. But we’d slowly, but surely grown into the game.

“They had chances and you expect your keeper to make saves, which Joe did, and you expect that you are going to need the big decisions when they come.

“Oddly there were some positives because the will of the team was good. But the fact is that big decisions have gone against us and definitely changed the feel of the game.”


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