Burnley boss angered on THREE counts at Arsenal winner

Arsenal stole the three points away at Burnley today, and their manager Sean Dyche is furious with the way in which the winning goal was scored.

The Gunners travelled to Turf Moor and took part in a tough battle, but were able to come away victorious.

The win does not come without controversy however, with the winning goal said to have been falsely allowed, with the player offside, and with the ball striking off of Laurent Koscielny’s hand to be diverted into the net.

Sean Dyche was quick to vent his fury with the winner, claiming there is also a question mark over the time added on, with two minutes held up by the fourth official, and the goal coming after the clock read 92:00.

“You have to question the added time, the corner and whether it should have come in, the handball and question whether we should have dealt with it,” the Clarets boss told Sky Sports.

“It’s a poor way to end a game. We are disappointed in that but encouraged by the performance.

“We were taking on one of the super power clubs. Obviously it’s the ultimate frustration with the last 10 seconds or so.

“The mood in the dressing room is not low, we know what the challenge is. It’s more one of frustration because they have done enough to earn a point after keeping a good side quiet.

“There’s a lot of positives to come out of this.”

Burnley put in a dogged display at home today, but the best side won in the end, although the nature of the goal is most definitely a bitter pill to swallow for Dyche.

I can understand his frustrations, but at the end of the day, they will finish safe from the relegation zone, and looking back on this game at the end of the year, it is unlikely that this missing point will be of importance.

Did we deserve to win? Just how important could today’s win be close on the top of the league table?

Pat J

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  1. gmv8 says:

    Well he’s completely wrong on the timing issue, in all the years I have been watching football, referees have never stopped the game in the middle of a corner / direct free kick in the oppositions half, and I’m sure he’s watched more football than me. Also, if he’s going to say it was a handball into the net, then it was also two handballs which his players did in their penalty area, for which we should’ve had two penalties. In my view, they were all accidental, so the goal stands.

    1. josh37 says:

      I do wonder if the ref trying to keep it consistent played his part… The ball definitely hit Keane’s arm with no way of avoiding it similar to Kos. If the first incident hadn’t happened it’d be interesting if he’d have called it!
      TBH though… With hands held that high and far away from the body, it’s handball every day of the week IMO. Definitely no complaints though!

    2. dragunov762mm says:

      Did you guys remember Arsenal vs Liverpool season 2011? We lead one nil after 90 minutes. The refs add 6 minutes injury time. It should end at 96, but it was not. He blew the whistle at 106 minutes, right after Dirk Kuyt leveled the score by penalty. How could it be?
      What Sam Dyche have been complain was nothing compare to that. About the hand ball goal, same question like that 106 minutes. How could it be? FA is the one to answer that, not us. A win is a win. COYG!!!

  2. josh37 says:

    Fair call on his behalf… If it was the other way around we’d have been fuming!!!
    Still though, big calls going our way, can’t complain. Got a flashback to last season of Ramsey’s goal being disallowed in a 0-0 with Liverpool.. These decisions not only have an impact with points, but just look at the solidarity and passion shown by the entire squad to win a such a fashion. It meant a lot.
    2pts from the top, unbeaten since the first day, loving life!

    1. mohawk says:

      True. And if it was the other way around the analysts would all be saying the Arsenal defenders were just not strong enough and thus deserved to lose the game.

      1. josh37 says:

        Agreed. But TBH i’ve lost more and more interest in the punditry for the prem.
        Near on every one of them are so knee-jerky it’s crazy!! Every single team will have good games and bad games.. It was only a few weeks ago they were questioning if City could go the distance unbeaten, then they go and draw with Celtic and get convincingly beaten by Spurs.

  3. mohawk says:

    The only issue that has any merit is the handball call. “Intent” on a handball, however, l is a judgement call – it is not a fact based issue for the referee so there is no definitive call.

    I would agree that Burnley probably would have deserved a point except for the fact that his players did not play to the final whistle. Some of his players shut down on the last play and it cost them the points.

    1. NY_Gunner says:

      Thats it in a nutshell. Up until that point, Burnley had executed their game plan near flawlessly. They held us up to the final minutes. But that last few seconds of lost concentration, undid all their hard work…

  4. sylvainwiltord says:

    I’ll only consider listening to dyche when his balls drop!

  5. firehart says:

    I hate it when people say this or that team “deserved” to win. What does that even mean? Nobody “deserves” anything. You get what you work for.

  6. mark says:

    That was definitely a lucky goal by us, but I’ll take that. We need a little luck in our quest for the title.

    And while Burnley defended well, we didn’t exactly set the place alight with our energy. We were clearly tired. On a better day by us, we would have scored 2 or 3 goals even WITH their defending.

    Scrappy wins, lucky wins are all part of a title winning team. Just ask Chelsea!

  7. Phemy says:

    Why is Sean Dyche complaining about the hand ball, he needs to go back and watch the game again complained about the two handballs in his penalty area and if that calls were not made by the ref, same apply to Kos handball case closed. On the timing, that’s funny a coach of his calibre pointing that out. The corner came within the added time, and u don’t expect the ref to stop the game. It has to be played and cleared off ur goal area. Instead Dyche should focus on why his team shut down in the last second, hoping they already had a point in the game and allowed a corner kick, and left two players unmarked in ur 6 box area. They paid for that.
    I honestly believe if it were the other way round, Sean Dyche will never complain. Hard three point earned guys

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