Bilic lays into Carroll over costly red card
Burnley 1 West Ham 1
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic declared himself angry and disappointed at Andy Carroll's senseless sending-off at Burnley.
Carroll, having spent so much of his West Ham career fighting for fitness, tossed away his latest chance with two yellow cards in the space of 99 seconds, condemning his team-mates to more than an hour of numerical disadvantage.
They nearly emerged with an unlikely win, Michail Antonio having slotted into an empty net before Carroll felled both James Tarkowski and Ben Mee, but Burnley snared a point through Chris Wood's late header.
Bilic was robust in the tackle in his own playing days but saw little room for sympathy on this occasion.
"I'm very disappointed, and angry as well," he said. "And not with the referee's decision. We had momentum and that was ruined by a couple of bookings in the space of two minutes. For a player of Andy's experience, basically you can't do that. The first one can happen, alright, the second one . . . it was an unbelievable bad decision (from Carroll), a bad challenge, don't even go there."
Bilic did attempt to see glimmers of Carroll's best attributes but even that most charitable attempt rang hollow after the late equaliser.
"He is a brave player, not a lazy player," he said, parsing the 28-year-old's logic. "He commits himself and that virtue is a big part of his quality. He wants to win all the balls in his space and that is a big space. What can I do? I don't know."
Clarets boss Sean Dyche, like Bilic a full-blooded centre-half in years gone by, suggested the second booking had a sense of inevitability from the sidelines.
"It's fair to say he was moving at a fair velocity from a distance . . . I think everyone in the stadium thought he was going to make a big challenge," he said. "I've been a player, you can get locked in the moment and you can't pull yourself out.
"I actually think there's a lack of honest physicality in the league at times, but that second one is possibly a straight red. I think he'll know. It's a definite sending-off, the ref had no choice."
Burnley are now unbeaten in six Premier League games, retaining their top-six spot and sitting just in front of Liverpool.
With expectations on the rise internally and externally, Dyche was in no mood to make merry over a point rescued against the clock.
"It's certainly not relief," he said. "We deserved to get something and we got something. My only disappointment is giving away a really poor goal. It can be difficult against 10 men and we had to keep probing but I was very pleased with our intensity."
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