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Burnley boss Dyche's dismay at Stock dismissal and defeat
8:37pm Saturday 5th January 2013 in Sport
MANAGER Sean Dyche felt a poor refereeing decision cost Burnley their place in the FA Cup.
The Clarets boss was baffled by the first of Brian Stock's two bookings, which left his side playing for almost an hour with 10 men against managerless Barnsley.
Midfielder Stock was wrongly yellow-carded for an off-the-ball incident involving Marlon Harewood and Michael Duff as the Clarets defended a free kick. Stock was booked again 12 minutes later for a foul on Jim O'Brien.
Nevertheless, the tie looked to be heading for a goalless draw and a replay despite Barnsley's numerical advantage, until a blunder by goalkeeper Brian Jensen allowed substitute Danny Rose to score from close range to secure a rare win for the Tykes.
But Dyche pointed to Stock's dismissal as the biggest factor in their 1-0 third round defeat.
“I am disappointed in the outcome today because of a referee’s decision that is totally out of our hands,” said the Burnley boss.
“We can affect a game and try to beat the opposition, but it’s very difficult when it goes beyond the opposition.
“The first booking is not a booking. (Marlon) Harewood hits our player in the back of the head and doesn’t go off the pitch, which I am amazed at.
“Brian (Stock) is left with an unfortunate booking and if there was a push it is not even him because I’ve seen it again.
“I don’t really see what Brian’s part is and it certainly looks like mistaken identity.
“I’ve watched what happened in the wall five times and it’s incredible any of our players were booked in that incident.
“That changes the whole feel of the game because we were in command of the game at that stage and never looked in trouble.
“We never looked in trouble with 10 men, let alone 11, but decisions go out of our hands and there’s nothing you can do!”