Date: 20th December 2016 at 7:13am
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Manager Sean Dyche has reflected on the defeat to Tottenham Hotspur at the weekend and as well as speaking about how they should’ve been down to ten men, he frustrated to see another good shift by the Burnley players not give them the result he felt they deserved.

Making the trip to White Hart Lane for the pre Christmas Premier League clash against Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham side, Dyche knew it was always going to be an incredibly tricky affair but having seen us take the lead through Ashley Barnes before Spurs hit back, he felt Moussa Sissoko’s getting award with a straight red card more than turned the game as had he been rightly sent off, Dyche didn’t believe they would’ve got the winner minutes later and he’d have held on for a justified point.

A justified point in his eyes owing to the effort and performance given Spurs obviously dominated every other telling statistic on the day and whilst we weren’t free flowing in attack, he felt defensively we more than warranted a share of the spoils.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference a disappointed gaffer built on his immediate post game comments to the BBC – Click Here – and explained.

‘I think that was very cruel because I thought we were very good today. A lot has been made of our away form, but I think you could see there that there`s life in what we`re trying to achieve. We were up against a top side today and it`s unfortunate because I don`t want to keep harping on about referee`s decisions, but it`s a poor challenge from the lad Sissoko and he has to go off. He stays on and immediately sets up the winner, so obviously I am very frustrated on that score because we played some good stuff today and deserved something from the game.’

Getting the rub of the green and a telling decision is obviously grating on our gaffer at the minute, as he went on to say.

‘You can see they are a top side with quality everywhere but we do need the rub of the green and yet again it`s a big debate lately, especially from me, but if you look at my player`s reaction to a clear sending off, he gets up and gets on with it. If he does 14 rolls on the floor, the ref is under pressure. I don`t want my players to do that, but equally I don`t know how we are going to get these decisions. Players have to make challenges, but he has his hands across his face so it`s a blind, high challenge and quite simply a red card. He then sets up their goal, so I am bound to be disappointed for my players and the fans who travelled down here.’

Trying to move on from the disappointment again, Dyche was looking at the positives and again whilst it was hardly a classic in an attacking sense from the side, there were certainly positives that he could take from the performances so whilst he still calls us a ‘work in progress’ he’s pleased with the progress we are making – he just wishes we had a few more points to show for it.

‘We are a work in progress, but there have been strides forward in the past couple of away games. We deserved something at West Ham and here, remembering who we are playing against. We played some good stuff, particularly in the first half, so we are moving forwards. I know it sometimes doesn`t seem it but we have some good points on the board and, with more performances like that it will change away from home, I`m sure of that. We are getting more productive and we are just taking a few knocks at the moment in terms of decisions. We can only hope that our honesty doesn`t cost us.’

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