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PD: It's not a penalty

26 March 2014

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Doncaster manager Paul Dickov spoke to Rovers Player after his sides 2-0 defeat against Burnley at Turf Moor.

Rovers matched promotion chasing Burnley for most of the first half, before going down to goals from Sam Vokes and Junior Stanislas after the break.

Reflecting on the match, Dickov was left upset with the decision to award Burnley a penalty at the beginning of the second half, resulting in Vokes’ opener, which he believed was a turning point in the match.

“I had a good view of the penalty and I have seen it six or seven times now and it’s not a penalty and that was a massive moment in the game.

“Burnley are a top team, we knew it was going to be really difficult for us coming here, because of the run they are on, how their home form has been and where they are in the league.

“You just hope that the decisions made are right and the penalty is clearly wrong.

“In the first half we defended really well, they created chances, I thought our goalkeeper and back four were outstanding.  For the penalty to happen 20 seconds into the second half has changed the game.

“Burnley started on fire, we know that they do that and we weathered that.  We gradually grew into the game and created a few chances, Chris Brown was unlucky with his header and they finished the half strong.

“We got the lads in at half time and I felt we could have had more quality on the ball, but defensively we were really sound, it’s just really disappointing for that decision to go against us.

Dickov was also quick to point out that on numerous occasions throughout the campaign, the club have been left looking back at controversial moments, which has lead to Rovers missing out on crucial points.

“We don’t seem to get the penalty decisions at all, or we get them given against us.  There are three or four penalty decisions this year that have gone against us, that afterwards we have had apologies because they are not.  At this level, when what is at stake, it’s decisions that aren’t good enough and decisions that should be right.”

Despite the result, Dickov was delighted with the character and effort that his side produced in the match.

“The big plus for me, was the players gave everything they have got.  There is no getting away that Burnley are a top team and looking like they are going get automatic promotion.

“The players kept at it and it is a much different performance to our last defeat at Bournemouth and we just have to keep going.”

“There are eight games left, we are still in a fantastic position from where we want to be and we need to pick ourselves up, for what is another big game on Saturday.”

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