On the day when Watford captain Troy Deeney called for more dialogue between players, managers and referees, Sean Dyche explained calmly why the introduction of VAR cannot come soon enough.
Burnley would be 14th, five points above the relegation zone, had referee Michael Oliver not incorrectly ruled out Chris Wood’s stoppage-time “goal” for offside. Replays showed Wood was onside when he pounced.
Oliver’s mistake cost them two points so they sit 16th, just three points ahead of Cardiff in the relegation zone. “I thought it was onside and was surprised it was not given,” said Burnley manager Dyche. “Apart from that, I thought the officials were very good.”
VAR will be introduced in the Premier League next season and Dyche said: “People who oppose it say ‘what about the maybes?’ but there will still be close calls. What I am after is to get as close to 100 per cent [correct decisions] as you can. VAR must help, it can’t not help.
“Those two points would have been very welcome today but a big decision has gone against us.”