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Moussa Sissoko challenge a clear red card - Burnley boss Sean Dyche

Burnley manager Sean Dyche believes Moussa Sissoko should have been sent off in their 2-1 defeat to Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

The midfielder, who came on in the second half for Mousa Dembele, assisted Danny Rose just moments later to give the hosts the lead on 71 minutes after Dele Alli cancelled out Ashley Barnes' opening goal.

Sissoko received a yellow card from referee Kevin Friend for a two-footed tackle on Stephen Ward but Dyche feels it should have been a straight red.

He said: "How they didn't get a man sent off is impossible. He then set up the goal.

"It is a decision which is so obviously a sending-off.

"You cannot go into a challenge blind, with your hands over your face and a high foot and then stay on the pitch.

"I didn't see it at the time when it happened, in regards to him staying on the pitch, and I have looked at it afterwards and I still cannot see it.

"We are told that high feet in that sort of challenge is an offence.

"In my opinion it is a sending-off and I have watched it back."

Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino disagreed with Dyche's comments, saying: "It is difficult for me to see on TV but from my position I cannot say one thing or another.

"I can't understand (Dyche), maybe he thought that (the challenge should have been a) red card.

"From my position at the bench, I think it wasn't a sending-off, it wasn't a red card - maybe a yellow or perhaps it was good but it is difficult."

Spurs are now just one point behind Liverpool and Arsenal, who sit in third and fourth respectively. They are, however, 10 points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea, with Pochettino still confident they have a chance of winning the league.

He said: "We are in a very good position, I think we have improved from last season.

"We are disappointed to be out (of the Champions League) but we are in the Europa League.

"Many things happened in the beginning of the season that you think maybe it is not like last season but we need to be clever.

"We have kept our philosophy, I think the team is happy.

"Now we need to keep winning games, we are close to second position, it is not tomorrow that the Premier League finishes... there is a long way to go.

"We have a 10-point gap with Chelsea but the season doesn't finish soon."

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