Sunday 20 August 2017

Dyche cries foul as Clarets sink deeper

Everton 1 Burnley 0

Sean Dyche claims his Burnley side are being punished for playing the game the right way and not haranguing referees in order to win decisions
Sean Dyche claims his Burnley side are being punished for playing the game the right way and not haranguing referees in order to win decisions
Kevin Mirallas of Everton scores the only goal of the game at Goodison Park
Ross Barkley of Everton takes a penalty that is saved by Thomas Heaton
John Stones of Everton slides in to challenge Lukas Jutkiewicz of Burnley

Carl Markham

Sean Dyche claims his Burnley side are being punished for playing the game the right way and not haranguing referees in order to win decisions.

The Clarets lost after Ashley Barnes was sent off on the stroke of half-time for two bookable offences yet Everton goalscorer Kevin Mirallas escaped with only a yellow card for a studs-up challenge on George Boyd.

Dyche was amazed the Belgium international stayed on the pitch and wondered whether the outcome would have been different had his players followed the example of some Premier League teams in surrounding referee Mike Jones.

"I don't think fans want to see players surrounding referees. We don't - maybe we should because other teams would have for the Mirallas challenge," he said. "It is impossible he stays on. I have no clue (why it was not a red card) - high, late. I don't understand how he wasn't sent off."

Dyche also had issue with a first-half Ross Barkley penalty, saved by Tom Heaton, which was awarded despite David Jones's tackle on Aaron Lennon appearing to be outside the box.

"Then Scotty Arfield is dancing across their box and there is an attempted challenge that misses and we all know if he goes down it (a penalty) is probably going to be given. We attempt not to simulate. We attempt not to have too many rows with the referee yet you don't get things. You do it right and you get nothing, you do it wrong and you get something."

Dyche had no complaints about Barnes's sending-off, which rules him out of next weekend's clash with Leicester.

Mirallas got the only goal of the game in the 29th minute as Everton picked up their 13th point in five games.

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