Referee had ‘massive impact’ on Burnley loss, says Dyche

Burnley manager Sean Dyche believes referee Rob Jones had a ‘massive impact’ on the result as they lost 1-0 to Leeds.

Patrick Bamford scored the only goal of the match after being awarded a penalty.

He was seemingly fouled by keeper Nick Pope in the box. The English striker then dispatched of the penalty to score his tenth league goal of the campaign.

But Dyche thinks his team were at the wrong end of Jones’ decisions during the match.

Speaking to BBC Sport, he said: “You can’t say it’s decisive because there’s more to the game than refereeing decisions. But it’s a shame I have to stand here and try and stay calm about it, because the referee has had a massive impact today.

“Nick Pope got clear contact on the ball. VAR has been taking hours to make a decision but they don’t give it a few seconds to even look at it. In my opinion, I have seen it back, two players coming together, in the middle of the pitch it is play on.”

Burnley also saw a goal disallowed as Ben Mee was ruled to have fouled Leeds keeper Illan Meslier in the buildup.

Speaking about the disallowed goal, Dyche said: “Ben Mee clearly has eyes for the ball, he’s not tried to look at their keeper. Their keeper comes through and knees him in the back – if a centre half does that he probably gets booked. Not only is it a penalty, we put it in the goal and he doesn’t give it one second to operate.

“Ironically, it’s been taking hours to make a decision and you get a really important decision and they can’t look at it. The referee played a big part, but we still have to focus on our part.

“The referee will tell you what didn’t happen, I have to remind them I have seen it ten times. It doesn’t seem to make much difference.”

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