Lennon: Players must find form
Mon, 01 Apr 2013 18:56:00
Burnley boss Sean Dyche criticised referee Nigel Miller after Nottingham Forest scored a penalty seven minutes into stoppage time to salvage a 1-1 draw.
Lewis McGugan slotted home the spot-kick after Kevin Long collided with Henri Lansbury at the end of the game at Turf Moor, but Dyche felt the full-time whistle should already have blown.
"I feel sorry for our fans, because yet again they've witnessed an incredible situation where we can't just win against an opposition, we've got to beat everything else," said Dyche, whose side had taken the lead through Junior Stanislas' second-half goal.
"I'm disappointed in the whole referee's performance today and I'm sick of talking about it because I shouldn't have to.
"But it's not the first time as we know; it's been a constant issue since I've been at this football club. I don't know what it is, but that isn't good enough today.
"I had a word with him [Miller] and he said he was more interested in the fact we were late for kick-off. I was really amazed he when he told me that.
"The timing issue at the end inevitably affects the game. It probably is a penalty but that's not the point. The game's dead, it's over, we've won.
"The lads have given everything and like I say it's very difficult when you've got to beat more than just the opposition."
Dyche believes that the Premier League should help to improve the standard of refereeing in the lower leagues.
"I've said it many times and I'll say it again; there needs to be more support for these referees, the only people who can do it are the Premier League because they're so wealthy," added Dyche. "The Premier League must start funding the development of referees."
Brentford dominated large parts of the game but strikes from Bowditch and Gleeson either side of the interval secured a second successive win for the Dons, ending the Bees' three-match winning streak.
Bowditch put the Dons ahead against the run of play in the 14th minute when his speculative 25-yard shot squirmed underneath goalkeeper Simon Moore and into the corner of the net.
Forward Harry Forrester had two fierce strikes saved by Dons keeper Ian McLoughlin, who also beat out a close-range header from skipper Jonathan Douglas.
Marcello Trotta then missed a golden opportunity to equalise when he fired wide one-on-one with McLoughlin before Patrick Bamford drilled a low shot against the post for the Dons on the stroke of half-time.
The Bees bossed the second half and substitute Bradley Wright-Phillips flashed a header just over the crossbar, while Toumani Diagouraga and Harlee Dean were both narrowly off-target.
But Gleeson sealed a smash-and-grab win for the Dons five minutes from the end when he lashed in Darren Potter's cutback.
A 1-1 draw with St Mirren in Paisley on Sunday, in one of the more controversial SPL encounters this season, means the Hoops can wrap up the championship if they beat Hibs and Motherwell lose to St Mirren.
However, after drawing 2-2 and losing 1-0 to the Easter Road side already this season, the Parkhead manager is looking first and foremost for a good performance and a victory.
"There are still a few of them not finding their best form at the minute and I don't know why," he told the club's official website.
"I'm looking to get a bit more out of my players at the minute.
"We've got a week now to get ready for Hibs and I want to start seeing performances at a level I expect because I didn't see that on Sunday.
"We will be going into it to win. We've been unlucky against Hibs, we were formidable in both of the games this season but we've only came away with a point at home and nothing away.
"I'll be looking for a similar performance but a better result."
Lennon was left raging at referee Bobby Madden's performance in Paisley, describing it as "appalling" while taking a swipe at the general standard of officiating over the past few months.
One of several contentious decisions made by the official saw Hoops midfielder Victor Wanyama shown a straight red card for a challenge on Paul McGowan.
The ex-Celt later cancelled out Kris Commons' early opener from the spot, after a highly dubious penalty was awarded to Saints for a challenge on striker Esmael Goncalves by Emilio Izaguirre.
Celtic are expected to appeal Wanyama's red card today and the case will be heard later this week.
While the Parkhead club will be confident of a decision in favour of the midfielder, if the red card stands then Wanyama will incur a two-game ban and thus miss the William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final against Dundee United at Hampden.
After hosting Hibs, the Parkhead side then play United eight days later.
Commons was taken off on a stretcher just before the break after Beram Kayal accidentally stood on his ankle and must be doubtful for the game at the weekend.
With skipper Scott Brown on the long-term injured list following surgery during the international break to solve an abductor problem, Lennon could find his midfield options limited over the next few weeks.