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Dyche Rues Missed Opportunity

19 January 2019

Sean Dyche rued his side’s failure to take their chances as Burnley’s winning run ended in a stalemate at Watford.

The Clarets spurned a host of good chances before a stoppage time goal from Chris Wood, wiped out for offside, was later shown to be onside.

And Dyche was left to mull over what might have been, as his side folllowed up four straight wins in league and cup with a deserved point , thanks to a third clean sheet on the road.

The Burnley boss said: “I think most people will consider that goal to be onside and I thought it was at the time.

“You can often tell by how teams react with their body language, and that’s how it felt.

“Seeing it again after the game it looks onside but we know we have found it tough to get big decisions this year – and beyond.

“I think we’re something like 65 Premier League games without a penalty now, which is a statistical anomaly, but I don’t want to cry it in because we were really good today.

“In the end a big call has cost us, but I thought the officials did very well today other than that and form our point of view it was a very, very strong performance.

“It’s not easy coming down here anyway and they started well, but I felt we grew into the game and once we did that I don’t think we really looked back.”

Dyche added: “We stayed on the front foot and probably my only gripe other than the decision is we created enough chances - good chances and a couple of golden chances – to seal the game.

“That’s probably the thing we look at in ourselves because decisions are out of our hands. We created enough today and should have taken one.”

Tom Heaton made a crucial early save to den Gerard Deulofeu before Biurnley took control of the game.

Ashley Barnes had the best chance of the opening half, screwing wide from six yards, while after the break Dwight McNeil spurned a glorious chance and Jeff Hendrick was denied by Ben Foster.

Dyche added: “For me, it’s all about the performances. Three Premier League wins on the trot and a draw and a clean sheet here today, along with our progressive play and the chances we created means there is a lot to be pleased about.

“We never really looked in any danger after Tom’s early save, and he was kept fairly quiet because of how well the defence played in front of him.

“The spine of the team today was excellent and if that is right it often leads to good performances, and did today.

“It’s not easy, and we’ve had a lot of questions asked of us this season, but we are beginning to look like ourselves again and I’m enjoying that, from the group in general.”


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