English Premiership

Dyche questions defining moment

2016-10-17 10:33
Sean Dyche (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Sean Dyche has questioned how Burnley were not awarded a first-half penalty in their 3-1 Premier League defeat to Southampton at St. Mary's on Sunday.

With the game evenly poised after half an hour, Virgil van Dijk upended Johann Berg Gudmundsson in the box, but referee Mike Dean saw nothing wrong and motioned for the game to continue.

The deadlock was finally broken when Charlie Austin netted on 52 minutes, before a Nathan Redmond goal on the hour mark.

Two penalties were awarded late on, one apiece for each side, with Austin successful from the spot on 66 minutes, before Sam Vokes' consolation goal with 18 minutes left of the tie.

After the game, a stunned Dyche told Burnley's official website: "Overall we were well beaten in the end.

"I thought after a tough start for the first 12 or 15 minutes, I felt we softened the game down a bit – and the big defining moment of the first half was the penalty.

"How that is not a penalty is beyond me.

"It doesn't guarantee you win the game, but if you score you have a foothold, away from home and the feeling in the stadium changes and their team feeling changes.

"You have to be disappointed because that’s three decisions we've had go against us now. We had the penalty not given at Swansea and the one (goal) against Arsenal two weeks ago. And now this."

He added: "Equally, the one for them in the second half is, well, I don't know where that lives!

"On a scale of one to 10 in terms of contact, that's a 0.5, and what can you do? How we don't get one and they do is out of my hands.

"I must say though, I don't make excuses. They are a really good side who are on good form at the moment and they are certainly a side to be reckoned with."

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