Dave Burnley column: Refereeing decisions proved costly
YOU just know that there is going to be a massive away following to the match when you walk into the town centre Wetherspoons pub at 10.45am to find it three deep with Clarets along the full length of the long bar.
However, this wasn’t in our destination location of Huddersfield, but the nearby town of Halifax!
And that was the case in all the intermediate communities, as Burnley fans de-camped to West Yorkshire for the day en route to the blandly named John Smith’s Stadium.
This relative new build complex has changed its name more than me!
Now in its third identity crisis, it may be a plain title, but it is an attractive ground, far more worthy than such a moniker.
That is the price of sponsorship I suppose. Nevertheless, as much as I enjoy the excellent beverage from our local brewery, I hope I never see the day when our spiritual home is referred to as ‘Turf Moorhouses’.
So on to the game and a jam-packed Chadwick Lawrence Stand where the Burnley fans were in good voice, if the team were a little off key.
In the first half, that we have to say the Terriers dominated without getting any reward for their endeavour, the 0-0 scoreline really did flatter us.
But the second 45 minutes turned into a real ‘dog’s breakfast’ of a half.
Once again some inept officialdom blighted us, a diabolical penalty given against us at one end, with another refused that should have been in our favour, were both pivotal moments.
Add a Sam Vokes goal dubiously deemed offside, and the most scandalous decision to penalise Kieran Trippier instead of the perpetrator of a cynical foul that propelled our right back upside down to land on his shoulder, and you can see that we were up against it to gain any points.
The bottom line is that Huddersfield played out of their skins to put in their best performance since manager Mark Robins took over.
We’ve got the opportunity to flush that result out of our system tonight, as in mascot Bertie Bee’s worst nightmare the Hornets of Watford swarm into the town.
They’ve been stung by a 3-0 home defeat to strugglers Yeovil over the weekend. Let’s hope there is no sting in the tail for the Clarets as that was their fourth consecutive home reverse.
If they’re looking for a new manager soon, I hear Owen Coyle is available once more.
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