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Dyche: 'Refs are making Burnley do twice as much to win'
SEAN Dyche has warned his players they will have to keep going the extra mile to win games, after being staggered by decisions that went against the Clarets in their midweek draw with Barnsley.
Charlie Austin edged nearer to the magical 30-goal milestone by putting Burnley on the front foot with an early opener, converting Danny Lafferty’s cross for his 26th of the season.
But he was denied a clear penalty in the second half when he was brought down in the box, with the score at 1-0, and Barnsley went on to rescue a point through substitute Tomasz Cywka.
It was not the first time this season that Burnley have been on the wrong end of a refereeing call against Barnsley. In their FA Cup defeat to the Tykes, who have since gone on to reach the quarter finals, the Clarets were wrongly reduced to 10 men when Brian Stock was the victim of mistaken identity over a second yellow card.
Dyche said: “We have to over-earn wins at the minute.
“We had that when I first got here and we’ve having to do that again.
“No-one gives you anything anyway – no team – but at the minute we’re struggling to get a decision that goes our way so we’re going to have to over-earn it and not just beat the 11 in front of us.”
The penalty appeal on Tuesday was not the only big moment that did not go the Clarets’ way.
Stephen Foster was already on a booking, for a first-half lunge at Austin, when he pulled back Martin Paterson as he burst through on goal, yet the former Burnley defender escaped without punishment.
Dyche was left infuriated.
“Decisions have radically changed the outlook of the game,” he fumed.
“It was pretty obvious – quite an incredible one – Charlie Austin gets cut in half through his shins with a two-footer and I'm amazed at the yellow card.
“Pato (Paterson) goes through on goal with a shirt pull from a player who's already been yellow carded, no action.
“The obvious one was the penalty with Charlie.
“It's a penalty, simple as that.”
However, the Burnley boss accepted his side had again failed to perform to their best at home and was frustrated not to build on Saturday's welcome win at Charlton.
It was their third win and clean sheet from six games on their travels in the Championship in 2013.
Conversely they have won only once in five attempts this calendar year.
And he fears bad vibes are escalating at Turf Moor.
“It was patchy,” said Dyche. I'd never cover it over with referees. There were moments I was pleased with, we started very brightly, we scored a very good goal.
“The interesting thing is we've gone 1-0 up and there's an edge to it around here at the minute and that sometimes affects them (the players).
“But we've had a few game changers go against us.
“You can only hope over time that it evens itself out, but it would be nice if that time came pretty quickly.
“Decisions have radically changed the outlook of the game.
“It's not about holding on, the game should have been done.
“In tight games when we're not as free flowing as we want to be we're having to change the team around for many different reasons – once them things go for you it settles everything down, you're 2-0 up and confidence builds and it changes the whole feel.”
Dyche added: “We have to over-earn wins at the minute. We had that when I first got here and we've having to do that again.
“No-one gives you anything anyway – no team – but at the minute we're struggling to get a decision that goes our way so we're going to have to over-earn it and not just beat the 11 in front of us.”