Published: 18:23 | 27/12/20

Dyche slams ref after Leeds defeat

Burnley boss Sean Dyche said under-fire referee Robert Jones had a "massive impact" on his team's 1-0 defeat at Leeds United.

Dyche was livid that two key decisions went against him and blamed Jones, who only had a handful of Premier League games behind him.

The first controversy came in just three minutes when Jones adjudged that Clarets keeper Nick Pope had fouled Patrick Bamford in the box. Replays suggested that he may have got the ball. though VAR upheld the decision.

Bamford slammed home the spot kick for his tenth goal of the season.

"Nick Pope got clear contact on the ball," said Dyche. "VAR has been taking hours to make decisions but they don't give it a few second to even look at it. I have seen it back, two players coming together in the middle of the pitch it is play on."

Clarets thought they had leveled in 20 minutes but an Ashley Barnes volley into the roof of the net was ruled out by the referee for a Ben Mee lunge at keeper Ilan Meslier when it looked like the other way round..

If Jones had waited until the ball was dead and blown his whistle then VAR could have reviewed it.

"Ben Mee clearly has eyes for the ball, not tried to look at their keeper - their keeper comes through, knees him in the back, if a centre half does that he probably gets booked.

"You can't say it's decisive because there's more to the game than refereeing decisions but it's a shame I have to stand here and try and stay calm about it, because the referee has had a massive impact today.

The visitors dominated after the break with Ashley Barnes forcing Meslier into a reaction save at his near post, but Pope did well to deny sub Pablo Hernandez doubling the winning margin.

Leeds' boss Marcelo Bielsa said: "There were two different images, the first half response to our objective and in the second half, what the opponent was proposing, it was difficult for us to avoid it. We had to show a defence with character to combat it."

By Nick Royle

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