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Dyche: A Bitter Pill To Swallow

25 August 2019

Sean Dyche admitted conceding a last-gasp penalty in the 1-1 draw at Wolves was a bitter pill to swallow.

The Clarets looked on course for a second win in their opening three games after Ashley Barnes continued his red-hot scoring streak with a first half screamer.

However, a 95th minute foul by Erik Pieters on Raul Jiminez was adjudged to be a foul and the Mexican stepped up to earn relieved Wanderers a share of the spoils.

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Boss Dyche mused: “Sometimes you get a bit drunk on it all because you are so close to three points – and we were.

“It’s a bitter pill to swallow today, but it is still a good point.

“Everyone was talking about the tough start, but four points from the first three games is a good return, and it’s from three good performances as well.

“That’s really important because we are showing we are a group who are keen to get results in the Premier League. That’s going to be important as the season goes on.”

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Dyche, whose side dominated before the break, added: “On reflection it could easily have been all three points.

“It was a very good performance and we opened them up enough times in the first half to be more than one goal up.

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“I don’t think anyone could have argued if we’d been two or three up at the break.

“We expected a reaction after half time, of course, but I thought we calmed the game down before we just got a little bit camped in for the last 10 or 15 minutes.

“We had two or three counters in the second half though that we should have done better with and just couldn’t find that moment to seal the game.

“That leaves you wondering if there’s to be a final twist and unfortunately for us, there was.

“I think it’s a harsh penalty. I am a big believer in VAR, but Erik is going to clear the ball and their lad actually jumps in front of him.

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“It’s clever, but Erik does catch him and I although I think there’s a strong chance that VAR overturns that, there was contact in the box and it’s a tough call.

“Today, we’ve just had to swallow one, but there were a lot of good things today.

“Sometimes a scoreline changes the feeling, but it shouldn’t in this case because that was a really strong performance.”

 

 


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