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Dyche: We're A Cautionary Tale

19 October 2019

Sean Dyche felt Burnley were robbed of a point after seeing VAR rule out a late own-goal equaliser at Leicester.

The Clarets looked to have levelled the scores up at 2-2 in the 80th minute at the King Power Stadium, when Chris Wood’s effort cannoned off goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel and hit team mate Jonny Evans on the chest before rolling into the gaping net.

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However, following a lengthy delay, referee Jon Moss ruled out the goal after VAR referee Andy Madley spotted a ‘trip’ on Evans that he claimed stopped the fallen defender from clearing off the line.

However, Dyche was unhappy with both officials, claiming his side became a cautionary tale for future decision making.

The Burnley boss said: “Firstly, for the record I am a big fan of VAR. I think it will streamline and improve things.

“When it’s used unwisely, like today, it’s a head-scratcher and today we are probably a cautionary tale of its development.

“To start with, before the game the referee (Moss) told my coach that if he needed to use the screen at the side of the pitch, he would do, and to be tolerant if that was the case.

“He didn’t use the screen and if you are not going to use it for instances like that, I’m not sure when you will ever use it.

“Going to the moment of truth, if goals start not being given for that, we’re in trouble.

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“Chris (Wood) has clearly not changed his running gait and if you look at his eyes they are only for the ball.

“The reason I’m bringing this level of detail up is that someone is sitting in a studio seeing everything I’m describing.

“They see 15 different angles of what I’m saying, and Chris is quite obviously not deliberately trying to trip the player up – for starters.

“Secondly, their lad is never going to get that ball and keep it out of the net in a million years.

“If he did, he’d be the quickest player on earth, so therefore in a game when people are falling over constantly every week, you just look at this incident and say ‘it’s a goal’.”

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Dyche added: “There is the tiniest touch on someone’s foot, but it’s non-intentional and the importance of all this is that someone has seen this cold, detached from all emotion and in a room away from here.

“We are the cautionary tale today, unfortunately, and we probably need these nasty moments moving forwards.

“It’s frustrating all round and I thought the officials had a tough game today. I’ve had a look and Jon Moss’s position for the goal is miles away from the play, which is not helpful either.”

The incident overshadowed a good performance from the Clarets, who led through Wood’s first half header before Jamie Vardy levelled on the stroke of half time.

Youri Tielemans put the Foxes ahead in the 73rd minute as the hosts began to ramp up the pressure, before the moment of controversy ultimately took the wind out of Burnley’s sails.

Dyce added: “I thought the performance, generally, was good.

“Don’t forget people are talking about Leicester breaking into the top four, but we certainly gave as good as we got and made them play slow and methodically.

“They got out of jail a little bit in the first half and then in the second half it was a poor second goal from our point of view.

“We’ve had our chances, but the bigger picture is we have moved a long way coming to places like this and performing like that.

“We are in a far better place than we were at this time last season and that has to be registered.”

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