I like Sean Dyche usually but after Wednesday night’s draw at St James Park he has fallen into the lazy ways of most managers.
The Burnley boss accepts Newcastle were the better team but his view that Burnley were somehow hard done by is laughable.
Claims that they were camped inside the Newcastle box going for the winner isn’t how I remember those closing stages.
Neither did I think it was a penalty when a Newcastle player slipped (Yedlin I think), though Sean Dyche is adamant that the visitors were the wounded party on the night.
All of this conveniently ignores the fact that the referee was far far too lenient and should have sent at least two of their players off for flying elbows.
Also, on the equaliser, both Newcastle fans and players thought it was a goal-kick and not a corner, which of course Burnley got their goal from. That also a massive stroke of luck for the visitors, as Darlow touched the ball onto the bar, only for it to then hit him and go in.
Burnley offered next to nothing on the night and Newcastle totally deserved the three points, though as well as the officials letting themselves down with certain decisions, the finishing was atrocious the home side.
“At some point we have to get a penalty.
“Definite penalty today, we can’t get a penalty.
“Definitely a penalty on Jack Cork.
“He turns in the box, the lad slipped, but realises as he’s slipped he is not going to get there, throws his body in the way, brings Cork down.
“Newcastle started much better, we gave away a good goal and then our response was terrific.
“We have shown a lot of character. I’d have taken that after the first half because they were the better side.
“We still looked like we were finding our feet and it was almost a new group playing, in the sense that they have not played that many games together.
“It is frustrating when you haven’t won for a while and we are having a tough run at the moment, but we’ve got 35 points on the board and we’re back up to seventh in the Premier League.
“We responded after half-time, especially after their goal.
“The last seven or eight minutes we were almost camped inside their box, so I was very pleased with the mentality.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 1 Burnley 1
Newcastle: Lascelles 65
Burnley: Darlow OG 85
Possession was Burnley 48% Newcastle 52%
Total shots were Burnley 11 Newcastle 14
Shots on target were Burnley 2 Newcastle 4
Corners were Burnley 4 Newcastle 7
Referee: Simon Hooper
Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Atsu (Murphy 64), Diame, Merino, Kenedy (Ritchie 72), Perez (Gayle 85), Joselu
Woodman, Shelvey, Manquillo, Hayden,
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