BURNLEY boss Sean Dyche admitted he had no complaints about losing to leaders Leicester City, but was disappointed with decisions that went against them.
The Clarets were up against it after second top scorer Sam Vokes went off early with a knee injury.
But after David Nugent broke the deadlock with his ninth goal against his old club, Dyche felt his side were not helped by big moments in the game – namely a penalty for a double handball that went unnoticed, and a push on Michael Duff in the build-up to Chris Wood’s second.
“They’ve had to score two very good goals, though the second one’s a foul – I think it’s a soft foul but it’s a foul – and I thought we had a penalty that wasn’t given but that’s a regular thing this season,” said Dyche.
“It was a handball. The lad can’t win the header and I think he’s just thrown his body at it and David Jones heads it onto his arm.
“They’re the fine margins, but beyond that I thought they deserved the win. I felt a couple of decisions didn’t go for us but overall they deserved the win.
“They’re a very good side. At full strength I would have liked to have gone toe-to-toe without the challenges of our team.”
Burnley went into the game knowing a win by two goals or more would send them top. But already without the suspended Dean Marney and injured duo Kieran Trippier and leading marksman Danny Ings, they had to play for more than 85 minutes without second top scorer Vokes.
That meant the Clarets switching from their preferred 4-4-2 formation to 4-1-4-1, with Ashley Barnes – their only fit and available recognised front man – leading the line.
“It’s not ideal and obviously as everyone knows we’re down to one at the moment. Then it’s trying to be flexible as a group,” said Dyche.
“We sort of stayed in it.
“They were two poor goals to concede by our standards and Scotty (Arfield) has had a great chance. If that goes in it changes the feel maybe.
“But I’ve got no complaints.
“It s a side that’s been constructed for a couple of quid and kept together, and been allowed to develop.”
Of the prognosis for Vokes, Dyche added: “It’s too early yet. We’ve got the next 24-48 hours for it to settle.
“It’s not ideal when no-one’s kind of near them. They’re always the ones that you wonder about. But we’ll have to wait and see.”