THE Match of the Day pundits labelled referee Anthony Taylor's decision not to award Burnley a first half penalty in the weekend draw with Southampton as 'terrible.'

Former Premier League striker Alan Shearer said the challenge from Saints keeper Alex McCarthy on Clarets frontman Ashley Barnes was a clear spot kick.

But Shearer felt the Burnley forward was lucky to get away with his reaction. Barnes, who was booked for diving, vented his anger at assistant referee Adam Nunn.

"It's a terrible decision," said Shearer. "It is a good ball over the top from (Phil) Bardsley, a good run, a good touch and the keeper comes out and wipes him out.

"The referee is too far away but why can't his assistant tell him and say 'no, you have got this one wrong.' That is not a dive and that should have been a penalty.

"The assistant has to tell him, there is no way that is a dive.

"He is fortunate he gets away with this (his reaction) because you can't react like that to the officials. I understand why he is angry but he can't be doing that.

"But it was a terrible decision in the first place and to get a yellow card for diving makes it even worse. It is a clear penalty."

The Clarets did get a penalty in the last minute of stoppage time, breaking their 68-game league run for a spot kick.

That is the third longest stretch in Premier League history, behind QPR's 72 in 1995 and Wimbledon's 91 in 2000.

The penalty arrived when Saints defender Jack Stephens handled under pressure from Burnley debutant Peter Crouch who came off the bench with 15 minutes to go for his Clarets debut.

And Jermaine Jenas, who was alongside Shearer in the Match of the Day studio on Saturday night, felt this time Taylor got the decision right.

"It is the last kick of the game which is in Southampton's hands," said former Spurs and Newcastle man Jenas. "A bit of pressure from Crouchy on Jack Stephens and why his hand is up is there I don't know.

"And Ashley Barnes gets the penalty he should have got in the first half.

"In all honesty it probably ended up as a fair result."