Date: 15th December 2016 at 6:49am
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Manager Sean Dyche had called on the players ahead of West Ham to decide the game by our performance yesterday evening – unfortunately the referee didn’t get that message.

Travelling to the London Stadium for the game on Wednesday evening, Burnley went down one nil on the night to a Mark Noble effort three minutes into first half stoppage time.

His goal came from the awarding of a penalty that Tom Heaton saved, but Noble was quickest to the rebound.

Speaking to the Official Site in his post game press conference, a very frustrated Dyche felt the decision of the referee when awarding the penalty had cost us a justified point in the game.

Looking back on the incident, Dyche pointed to a foul on Heaton that was missed and he believed it more than overshadowed the tangle the referee did see.

‘I thought unfortunately the game has been decided by a referee`s poor decision. Tom Heaton is clearly fouled in the build-up to their penalty and I`ve never, in recent times, not seen that given because keepers are so protected now. You can clearly see Antonio ducks his head, makes a back and smashes into the keeper, who can`t get a clear punch on it. After that, it`s a penalty, but it wouldn`t have been because it`s a foul.’

Dyche went on to say that unfortunately it seems to be the way it’s going for us at the minute, and even speaking to the referee following the game left him bemused.

‘Unfortunately we can`t get a big decision at the moment. I`ve spoken to the referee and he said that he didn`t see it as being a foul. I said ‘It`s not 1972!’

There were a number of chances to get back into the game though, especially in the second half with efforts falling to Sam Vokes and Scott Arfield in particular, so the gaffer was pleased with the efforts on the day but it’s those small margins again that aren’t going for us – especially on our travels.

‘In the second half we had some good chances and even Sam, if you watch it back, sees their player with his foot 6ft 2in in the air, which makes him just flinch. If that happens in the middle of the pitch, that`s probably a foul, but we weren`t getting those big decisions tonight. In the first half they were the better side, without a shadow of a doubt. But in the second half we were the better side and we deserved something from that game. We created three golden chances and I think everyone in the stadium is scratching their heads that we didn`t take one. But we keep working hard and that was a good response in the second half.’

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