Premier League : Early Penalty only difference in Leeds win over Burnley

Premier League : Early Penalty only difference in Leeds win over Burnley

Premier League : Early Penalty only difference in Leeds win over Burnley

LEEDS, England:A fifth-minute penalty from Patrick Bamford was enough to offer Leeds United a 1-0 win over Burnley at Elland Road within the Premier League on Sunday, but Sean Dyche’s side were left furious after an Ashley Barnes effort was ruled out. 

Bamford, who spent a spell on loan at Burnley earlier in his career, drilled home the first spot kick after referee Robert Jones ruled that Burnley keeper Nick Pope had brought down the Leeds forward.

Burnley were flabbergasted, however, when Barnes hooked the ball into internet after Leeds keeper Illan Meslier had did not reach a high ball into the box, just for the goal to be ruled out.

Jones ruled that Burnley defender Ben Mee had fouled Meslier before the ball fell to Barnes, although replays suggested it had been the keeper who fouled Mee when he charged bent attempt to reach a high cross and rammed his knee into Mee’s back.

Clarets dominated after the break but Meslier, who struggled with crosses throughout the sport , did well to stay out near post drives from Barnes. 

But while Leeds looked well below their best, lacking their usual high-energy approach, Burnley weren’t ready to turn their possession or Meslier’s difficulties within the air into enough clear cut chances.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche entered the sector after the ultimate whistle to point out his feelings to the referee and not surprisingly felt his team had suffered an injustice.

Dyche was unhappy with both the penalty decision and therefore the disallowed goal.

“I can’t see the penalty for Leeds myself – Nick Pope gets a transparent foot thereon . Football is in an odd place. The one at the opposite end where we had a goal disallowed, it’s not a foul, it can’t be a foul. Ben Mee has his eyes on the ball,” he said.

“It should be a penalty for us – you can’t run and knee someone within the back. I’m very aggrieved by that, those moments are important,” he said.

Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa declined to discuss the incident but conceded his team had struggled.

“It was very difficult. Burnley could have drawn the sport within the last half , they were two different halves. Within the first we were ready to impose our game, within the second, especially within the last part, it had been difficult for us to neutralise their strengths,” he said.

Leeds move up to 11th place on 20 points, while Burnley are 16th on 13 points.

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