PRO­MO­TION PARTY FALLS FLAT AS REF RAGE RULES

Burn­ley forced to wait to go up

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Arandeep Dhillon

BURN­LEY boss Sean Dy­che claimed ref­eree Dean White­stone was the real party pooper af­ter his side’s au­to­matic pro­mo­tion cel­e­bra­tions were put on ice by ten-man Middlesbrough.

Ja­cob But­ter­field fired in the only goal of the game shortly af­ter half-time for the vis­i­tors at Turf Moor while Dy­che’s side lacked a ruth­less edge when chances came their way.

How­ever, the Burn­ley man­aged be­lieved they should have had two penal­ties, first when Jonathan Woodgate shoved Scott Ar­field and then when Nathaniel Chalobah bun­dled Danny Ings over and it was of lit­tle con­se­quence when Boro’s Daniel Ayala was sent off in stop­page time.

Had Dy­che’s side won and other re­sults gone their way they would have been toast­ing their pro­mo­tion to the Pre­mier League but in­stead the Burn­ley boss was left to be­rate the of­fi­cials.

“It is a top-end per­for­mance by our stan­dards, to­tally dom­i­nant, fan­tas­tic en­ergy on show and it is in­cred­i­ble the ball didn’t end up in their net at some point,” said Dy­che, whose side need five points from their last four games to be sure of au­to­matic pro­mo­tion.

“Their keeper is man of the match but the of­fi­cials weren’t man of the match. There were cer­tainly two ab­so­lutely bla­tant de­ci­sions not given. I have spo­ken to the ref­eree and it al­ways amazes when they say ‘it is opin­ion.’ I have looked at it 47 times on my lap­top so I don’t know how it is opin­ion, that’s what I am flum­moxed with.

“But they have a tough job and you ex­pect it to be done in the ap­pro­pri­ate man­ner but I don’t think it was.”

A win for Dy­che’s side, and a de­feat for Derby, could have guar­an­teed au­to­matic pro­mo­tion back to the top flight for the first time since the 2009/10 sea­son.

But while Derby won com­fort­ably against Hud­der­s­field, Burn­ley came un­stuck against an in-form Boro who have now won four games on the spin.

Both sides strug­gled to dom­i­nate the open­ing min­utes but it was Burn­ley who looked the more threat­en­ing.

Kieran Trip­pier was a con­stant thorn down the right flank but Ings twice fired wide when well-placed in the first half and Michael Kightly’s loop­ing header came back off the bar.

Danny Gra­ham flashed a vol­ley over the bar to serve no­tice of Boro’s at­tack­ing threat and af­ter the break they hit the front, But­ter­field fir­ing home with his left foot from the edge of the area. It was al­most 2-0 four min­utes later as Lee Tom­lin curled wide but Burn­ley looked to re­spond and al­most

equalised on 72 min­utes, Trip­pier again charg­ing for­ward and find­ing Ings – the striker’s snap-shot go­ing wide to Dy­che’s de­spair.

The hosts con­tin­ued to press and came close again in the clos­ing stages but Ings again failed to con­vert from Trip­pier’s teas­ing cross.

Dimi Kon­stan­topou­los re­mained un­flap­pable in the Boro goa.

And de­spite de­fender Ayala re­ceiv­ing his march­ing or­ders for a sec­ond yel­low card they were not to be de­nied an­other im­pres­sive scalp.

How­ever, the vic­tory was over­shad­owed some­what by vis­it­ing fans who failed to re­spect the en­tire minute’s si­lence mark­ing the 25th an­niver­sary of the Hills­bor­ough dis­as­ter and that dis­pleased boss Ai­tor Karanka.

“There is a prob­lem with my lan­guage so I pre­fer not to say any­thing so that I don’t make a mis­take but I didn’t like it be­cause this was an im­por­tant day for ev­ery- body,” he said.

“Dimi (Kon­stan­topou­los) was the best player for us – he has played very well for us in the last few games.

“I am pleased with his per­for­mances and for him as when I came he was third or fourth choice keeper.

“They had a lot of chances and we were lucky.

“They had more chances than us and showed what kind of team they are.”

CLOSE CALL: Burn­ley’s Ash­ley Barnes misses a chance

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

SPILLING CLARET: Ja­cob But­ter­field scores the Middlesbrough win­ner

THREAT: Burn­ley’s Danny Ings goes close

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