Burn­ley ...... 0 Hud­der­s­field .... 0 Dy­che blasts ‘diver’ Ra­jiv

Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By Paul Barnes

BURN­LEY boss Sean Dy­che called for a re­view of div­ing pro­to­cols af­ter Town’s Ra­jiv Van La Parra took an “un­ac­cept­able” tum­ble in pur­suit of a penalty.

Both sides walked away with a point af­ter grit­ting their teeth for a dour draw at Turf Moor but the Ter­ri­ers might have won it had ref­eree Christo­pher Ka­vanagh been taken in when Van La Parra hit the turf af­ter mak­ing no con­tact with Matt Low­ton.

Town boss David Wag­ner ac­cepted the Dutch­man was de­serv­ing of both his book­ing and a fine but Dy­che came in with a full-blooded tirade.

“It would have been an ab­so­lute farce,” said the Clarets man­ager about the prospect of a spot-kick.

“It’s un­ac­cept­able in my book. I can’t abide it. I feel for the ref­eree and I thought he was ex­cel­lent in that mo­ment. But he should be pro­tected from that.

“If it is a penalty, they score, we lose and then he gets banned. How does that work?

“I’ve been harp­ing on about this for three years and no­body wants to lis­ten. It’s for the good of the game.

“I travel across the coun­try with my kid play­ing foot­ball and I’m watch­ing 14-year-olds div­ing all over the place. Where do they get it from? They copy play­ers.

“It’s got to be clamped down on. Maybe the video as­sis­tant ref­eree will give the refs a chance to look at it. But it’s got to go.”

Dy­che sug­gested he would have harsh words with any Burn­ley player who went to ground as eas­ily as Van La Parra and Wag­ner said his player had pleaded guilty. “I was too far away and Sean was even fur­ther away than I was. I haven’t seen it again but I have spo­ken with Van La Parra and it was a dive,” said the Ger­man. “It was noth­ing we like to see. He gets booked, he gets a fine and we go on.”

Wag­ner was happy to rack up a ninth point of the sea­son and a fourth clean sheet – both num­bers few would have backed the Ter­ri­ers to reach af­ter six games in the top flight. “It was a de­served point in a tight and even game, both sides are very dif­fi­cult to break down,” he said.

“Ev­ery­body worked hard and I’m pleased with the clean sheet of course, ev­ery­body feels re­spon­si­bil­ity for the de­fence in our team. Ev­ery player on the grass – de­fence, of­fence, mid­fielder – feels re­spon­si­bil­ity for the hard yards.”

While the ex­cite­ment lev­els may have been low, a point apiece kept both sides com­fort­ably ahead of some gloomy pre-sea­son pre­dic­tions.

The re­sult ap­peared to hinge on the duel be­tween Burn­ley’s £15mil­lion Kiwi striker Chris Wood and Ter­ri­ers’ cen­tre-half Christo­pher Schindler.

And the Ger­man came out on top, bril­liantly mar­shalling Wood.

Schindler was an ob­vi­ous stand­out, throw­ing his body at a cou­ple of shots to spare keeper Jonas Lossl the has­sle, ooz­ing au­thor­ity and nip­ping in front of Wood to in­ter­cept Stephen Ward’s ball and snuff out a rare chance.

When Wood did man­age to break free of Schindler’s shack­les to meet a Ward cross in the 23rd minute, af­ter a neat move in­volv­ing Jack Cork and Scott Ar­field, he glanced wide.

The first half was a clumsy af­fair with few at­tacks as heavy touches, mis-hit passes and cau­tion dom­i­nated pro­ceed­ings.

There were more fouls than gen­uinely ex­cit­ing mo­ments, most of which were sloppy rather than tetchy.

But Cork might have been flirt­ing with a red card, rather than the re­sult­ing yel­low, when he went over the ball and into Ab­del­hamid Sabiri.

In the end it was a tri­umph for the or­gan­i­sa­tion and re­li­a­bil­ity that has taken two un­fash­ion­able clubs into the top half of the Premier League, although the first top-flight meet­ing of these sides since 1971 was not one that will live long in any­one’s mem­ory.

Now all we need to see is if any­one takes any no­tice of Dy­che’s out­burst about div­ing.

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