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Burnley took all three points from a 2-1 win against Wolves which left their manager Nuno Espirito Santo believing his players could have done more while he also took time out to attack referee Lee Mason.

He said afterwards: “We started well the game and had good spells of football and we moved the ball well. But we’re disappointed. We were aware Burnley were strong and we could not hold on and be strong enough.

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“We dealt with them pretty well. We were able to break the pressure, go out and have spaces, the ball was moving to the front, but then it became more difficult because there wasn’t much space and they made it difficult for combinations. The game required dynamic movements and we were passing the ball and staying still, that is why it was difficult.

“We conceded from a situation where we knew Burnley were strong. There are always good things, bad things, but we finished well the game with good character and good attitude, but it’s a tough game. Of course we could always do something more, we created a lot of situations where we didn’t finish the actions, so we have to improve for the next game.”

Although not reported by Wolves, Nuno launched a blistering attack on referee Lee Mason, the very referee who awarded them a penalty and allowed them to finish the game with eleven players.

“The referee does not have the quality for a Premier League game,” Nuno said. “This is a problem we know because we have had Lee Mason before. It’s not about a crucial mistake or decision, it’s about how he handles the game.

“The players get nervous, he whistles from the noises from the players. We are talking about the best competition, but he does not have the quality to whistle the game. I just don’t want to see him more. I told him I hope he does not whistle a game of ours again. He cannot control the players, the players are constantly arguing.”

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Having seen the Clarets win for a second time at home this season Sean Dyche said: “I’m very pleased and I thought we deserved it. “We found a nice balance between defending well and creating some really good chances. If I’m being hyper-critical I thought we could have made it more comfortable earlier, and it ended up being a nervy one, but tonight, I think it would have been against the truth of the game if they’d got something.

“I mentioned before the game that the stats come back to you as a striker. If you are not scoring, the logic is the chances will start to come again and then it’s about taking them. I‘m pleased for both of them because we went for a change and Jay is unlucky because he’s worked hard for us. Sometimes you just have to change things and I just thought Barnesy was getting sharper. He did well tonight and Woody nicks a poachers goal, so I am really pleased for both of them.”

Confirming that both wide players, Robbie Brady and Dwight McNeil, would need to be assessed for the Leeds game after coming off injured, he added: The stats and facts of my eight years here suggest we are effective at what we do. We know we can’t dominate every week in this league and it’s hard to pick up points, but we’ve found a way of doing that.

“Earlier in the season I did say that I felt the injuries were testing us. We had seven first team players, very important players, down and I always felt that when the squad got fitter, stronger, and injury free, we would start coming back together. Look, we still have loads of work in front of us, but the proof is in the performances we’ve been putting in lately.

“Wolves are a really good side, and this is a really important result.”

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