Lennon: Players must find form

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.