SEAN Dyche believes Burnley will have a “big future” if they continue to deliver the level of performance they put in against Charlton Athletic.
Although the Clarets slipped to back-to-back defeats under their new manager, with a first home loss since early September, they were a man down to Charlton Athletic for 75 minutes following Kieran Trippier’s red card.
Referee Robert Madley deemed the right back used his hand to make the first of two goal-line blocks.
Goalkeeper Lee Grant saved Johnnie Jackson’s penalty after Trippier’s dismissal. But although Charlton went on to win it with a Danny Haynes header in the second half, Dyche revealed his pride at the effort his players put in to try to earn something against the odds from a game in which numerous incidents went against them.
And the Clarets boss stressed the positives of their performance were more important to him than any dubious decisions the referee made.
“We have to question the big decisions but I try not to get involved with referees because I’m more concerned with the performance of the players.
“That’s what will have a bearing on our season, not referees’ decisions,” said Dyche.
“The (team’s) performance was excellent, there were so many positives – strangely as we lost 1-0. The crowd went away knowing their team has given everything.
“That’s an important sign for us. I made sure when we came here we spoke of the pride in the shirt and the work ethic, and also the play – some of the quality was excellent.
“But it’s not just about the work ethic and desire, there was also real quality on show. It’s such a positive sign controlling pockets of the game with 10 men against 11. Managers say it’s awkward to play against 10 men – I’ve got to be honest, I’d play against 10 every week if I had the chance!
“It’s difficult to win every game but with performances like that there’s a big future.
“Of course I want to take the three points, and the team wants to take three points but you’ve got to look at the performance as well as the outcome and they’ve shown clear, visual signs to all inside the stadium of what we’re attempting to do.”
Of Trippier's red card, Dyche said: “I'm obviously going to say it was ball to hand, but now I’ve seen it, he’s shuffled to the side to get a block and he’s hit it.
“There were a lot more clearer decisions that we didn't get.
“Referees have tough jobs and in the last two games we’ve been very unfortunate with how decisions have gone for us. You can only hope that over the season things will land for you.”