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There were mixed emotions from the two managers after Burnley’s 1-1 draw with West Ham as the Clarets came from behind to secure a point with a late goal from leading scorer Chris Wood in a game that saw West Ham’s Andy Carroll sent off for two yellow cards in the space of just over a minute and a half, and both for using his elbow.
“I’ve got mixed emotions,” West Ham boss Slaven Bilic said. “I’m proud of the team and how we played. When we were eleven against eleven, we were passing the ball and created a lot.
“We scored the goal and we had the momentum but then that momentum was ruined or stopped by that couple of bookings in the space of two minutes which, for a player of Andy’s experience and everything, basically you can’t do that. It wasn’t deliberate, but you can’t do that very early in a game and that was of course a big blow for us, although we defended well until half time.
“We wanted to put on extra legs with Pedro Obiang in the midfield with Manu Lanzini on the left hand side and try to get the ball and create when we had the chance. Then we looked really good in the first 15 minutes of the second half and had two really good chances to score a goal which would have given us extra strength.
“But it’s very hard to stop an opponent for a long time who has an extra player getting in the position to put a good ball in or to shoot from 25-yards. We coped really well with those crosses, because they had bodies up front and we had bodies in our box, apart from that one good cross that we should have stopped because we had it two against one.
“When it happens really late in the game, you have those mixed emotions that you don’t value this performance and this point as you would normally, or as it normally deserves to be. Because if it had stayed 1-0 it would have been heroic, but still one moment doesn’t make it less heroic, as it’s not easy to play with ten.”
On the red card, he added: “I’m very frustrated and angry. I have not spoken to Andy. I said that I’m very disappointed, not with the referee’s decisions because it was. The first one can happen, but the second one cannot happen, especially when you play away, then you are asking for trouble.”
He also admitted his side were very fortunate not to concede a penalty when Joe Hart challenged Wood. “To be fair, I’ve seen that incident and if we were in that situation, make no mistake, I would expect a penalty.”
Sean Dyche said after the game: “We kept going and got a point and it’s hard to be disappointed at the moment. There are natural details within a game, but overall we have had a really solid start and there is some real improvement in the players and the team.
He was disappointed with the goal we conceded, saying: “It was a really poor goal by our standards, from a long ball down the pitch and it’s very rare that happens to us. After that we settled down from the bitter disappointment before the sending off.
“Then the feel of the game changes and it’s not as easy as it sounds breaking down 10 men. They sunk in but we kept at it and definitely deserved something from the game, I’m sure of that.
“We changed things tactically at half time because we felt they would camp in and look to break. Therefore, you need a bit more physicality in the front line. That’s how it ended up. They defended their box and it was a brilliant cross from Johann and a great run and finish from Woody.
“Credit to West Ham though. A lot has been made of them this season, but they fought really hard to try and get a win today and I’m pleased that we got at least a point.”
Dyche had his say on the red card: “It’s a definite sending off, just because of the way the game is,” he said. “I don’t want to lose the physicality from the game because that’s an important part of it, but that went a bit too far. I don’t think there’s anything malicious in the first one, but the second one is a red and the referee has done what he had to do.”Share this page :