Paul Dickov confessed to being mystified at the circumstances surrounding Burnley’s crucial penalty at Turf Moor last night.
Referee Tony Harrington pointed to the spot seconds into the second half, suggested to be after an apparent push from James Coppinger on Ashley Barnes. Sam Vokes stepped up to smash home the penalty, delivering a hammer-blow to Rovers who defended with great resolution during a first half spent firmly on the back foot. Burnley went on to secure a 2-0 triumph.
“My thoughts were that it wasn’t a penalty” Dickov said. “I didn’t think it was at the time and we’ve watched it back numerous times and I can’t see why it was given. We’ve been told it was for a foul from James Coppinger but the Burnley player didn’t go down. There was no appeals but the referee has given it.
“I will say Burnley thought they should have had a penalty in the first half and one or two of their players and staff were at their referee in the tunnel.
“Whether that’s got to him or not I don’t know but a few seconds into the second half he’s given the penalty. It’s a massive turning point in the game because we’d done well before then.”
Dickov admitted Rovers had failed to produce the same attacking verve as in recent games but was full of praise for their defensive resolve. He said: “I thought we defended really well and I can’t fault their work rate, their desire and their effort. I felt the quality we’ve had going forward in the last four games was missing a little bit.
“It’s disappointing for us but I can’t take anything away from Burnley because they were fantastic.”