Dyche baffled by disallowed goal

Sean Dyche

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Sean Dyche was at a loss to explain why Ben Mee's header was disallowed as the Clarets started 2016 with a goalless draw against promotion rivals Ipswich Town.

Mee headed home a David Jones corner in the first half, but referee Peter Bankes chalked the effort out, with most onlookers puzzled.

Bankes also avoided making a key decision as Tommy Smith hauled Andre Gray down, with the Championship top scorer about to burst clear, the referee ignoring a blatant foul.

Dyche said of the Mee "goal": "I've had a look, I didn't think it was a foul at the time, and it certainly doesn't look it on the monitors afterwards.

"Their two defenders are screening their own keeper, so our two forwards are just with them.

"I would have taken the lot in the goal, but keepers nowadays...it would probably still have been given in my day, but now any kind of contact and it's some form of foul.

"But there looks negligible contact on the keeper, which I presume it was given for.

"That was what the fourth official thought he gave it for anyway."

And on Gray, he added: "I'll leave you to talk and write about decisions, and the fans can decide that...

"It's easier for you to write about it, I try and concentrate on the football the best I can, on occasion I have to mention decisions that go against us, but I'll leave that to you."

Dyche was, however, pleased with a ninth clean sheet of the season against stiff opposition: "I think it was a tight one, we've had the best chance, and a couple of maybes, but it was a tight affair against a side who have just won five on the trot away from home.

"They make it hard, it comes forward virtually every time the ball is anywhere near their back line, and I thought we dealt with that very well, the first contact, the second balls - the ugly side of the game you have to do.

"And we were close, but no cigar really with our fluid play, there were moments of it, and we didn't quite have the connection with the wide men and the front players like we have the last couple of home games, but to come off two 4-0s and get another clean sheet, I think that's nine now this season, that side of it is pleasing.

"They broke the game up a lot with lots of fouls and broke the momentum up, which is part of the game, they do it well and have away recently, they've nicked close games, so we're pleased that didn't happen, but we couldn't quite forge the chances we have lately - we've been free flowing lately, but it's the Championship, it's not easy to string together constant 4-0s.

"It's good to do two, but the third was an ask against a good side."

Dean Marney was absent from the 18 for the second successive game, but could have a chance for the FA Cup tie at Middlesbrough on Saturday: "He's got a niggle on his calf, it's not serious bit he wasn't close, it's getting a bit easier so we'll see how the next few days go building into the weekend and try and get him some more football."