Dy­che fi­nally gets a penalty but VAR de­nies him an­other

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - Fa Cup - By Richard Jolly at Turf Moor

While Sean Dy­che has spent the sea­son com­plain­ing about penal­ties, his gripe was dif­fer­ent on a day when Burn­ley were awarded two and al­lowed to take one as con­fu­sion reigned at Turf Moor.

As Dy­che of­ten notes, Burn­ley have not been given a penalty in the Pre­mier League since April 2017 but ref­eree Si­mon Hooper twice pointed to the spot. The first de­ci­sion was re­versed be­cause of the video as­sis­tant ref­eree, with Dy­che an­noyed with the long de­lay, but Chris Wood scored from the sec­ond to elim­i­nate Barns­ley.

This was for­get­table fare apart from the con­tro­versy as VAR, a 21st-cen­tury phe­nom­e­non, made its de­but at a 19th­cen­tury ground. Burn­ley’s sum­mer sign­ing Matej Vy­dra earned the two spot-kicks. He was tripped by Liam Lind­say – “an ab­so­lute stonewaller,” said Dy­che – when Wood drilled in the win­ner and was nudged over by Dimi Cavare in the first half. Vy­dra was just start­ing his run-up to take the first penalty un­til he was be­lat­edly ruled off­side in the build-up to the award.

“It is fac­tu­ally right but my frus­tra­tion is about the tim­ing,” said Dy­che. “It brought a strange­ness to the sta­dium and ev­ery­one was a bit con­fused. It was 80-90 sec­onds and me and my staff looked at it and de­cided in four sec­onds it was off­side. I am a big fan of the con­cept of VAR but it will take time to iron it out.”

Barns­ley man­ager Daniel Sten­del said: “We profit from this but for me it is bet­ter the ref on the pitch de­cides.”

Barns­ley, whose fans had cho­rused “VAR” af­ter Burn­ley’s first penalty was over­turned, had a goal chalked off by the video ref­eree when the off­side Cameron McGee­han headed in Ben Wil­liams’ cross.

Alex Mowatt also whis­tled a late free-kick wide but the fit-again Nick Pope kept a clean sheet on his first ap­pear­ance since July. “I’m re­ally pleased,” said Dy­che. “He had a quiet but ef­fi­cient day.”

Barns­ley failed to record an ef­fort on tar­get and, while Burn­ley were scarcely more cre­ative, they missed a se­ries of headed chances, with Dwight McNeil the ma­jor cul­prit, be­fore Wood spared them a re­play.

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