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Howe: Burnley can't dwell on disallowed goal
EDDIE Howe insists Burnley cannot dwell on the dis-appointment of Saturday’s draw with Millwall despite expressing his frustration at the decision-making of referee Craig Pawson.
Darius Henderson’s late leveller gave Millwall a 2-2 draw at Turf Moor but Howe felt decisions made by the officials played a major part in the result.
The Clarets boss was furious with Pawson’s decision not to award two first half penalties and was then left bewildered by the bizarre disallowing a Junior Stanislas strike – nearly a minute after the ball hit the net following offside protests from the visitors.
“It had a huge bearing on the game in my opinion,” he said.
“But not only that, we had two blatant penalties, two handballs in the first half.”
On the disallowed goal, which appeared to be a result of confusion over whether a Burnley or Millwall player had flicked the ball on to the offside Martin Paterson in the build-up, Howe said: “I’ve never seen a decision like that in football in all my life.
“I thought we were 3-1 up for a good period of time, certainly my players felt the same way and so the crowd did as well.
“It was very cruel on us because mentally you think 3-1, the game is potentially over. If there was a debate over offside and he wanted to see who had the last touch, let play go but as soon as that ball hits the net put your flag up, discuss it and come to a decision.
“But I didn’t see a flag, I only saw the goal being given and everyone in the stadium felt the same way.
“We conceded after three minutes but for the rest of the half we absolutely dominated and created enough chances probably to win two or three games.
“It was a shame really that we went in just a goal up because I thought we deserved more. It was a very good display.
“I think there were chances for everybody in the team and we looked like a really good side.
“In the second half we didn’t quite hit the same heights.
“But we can’t dwell on it too much, we’ve got another game on Tuesday.”
The Clarets take on Sheffield Wednesday at Turf Moor tomorrow and Howe will be hoping for repeat displays from Ben Mee and Charlie Austin.
Defender Mee scored his first career goal on Saturday, while Austin found the net with a superb 18-yard header from Kieran Trippier’s cross.
“It was a great goal from Charlie, a great ball by Tripps but he still had a lot to do,” said the Burnley boss.
“It was a long way out but it was a great header.
“I thought Ben Mee was good in both boxes.
“I’m really pleased he scored his first goal, he’s been coming closer and closer.
“I thought his all-round play was very good and he certainly puts his body on the line.
“He’s done well since he came back into the team.”
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