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Dyche stunned by late Rhodes strike

14 September 2013

Burnley boss Sean Dyche rued a "truly incredible" late slice of luck from Jordan Rhodes which maintained Blackburn's 34-year hoodoo over their neighbours as the east Lancashire derby ended 1-1.

The Clarets have not won against their fierce rivals since 'Video Killed The Radio Star' was at number one in the charts back in 1979, yet their long wait for victory appeared to be coming to an end courtesy of substitute Junior Stanislas's glorious 25-yard strike in the 76th minute.

However, Scott Arfield's poor backward pass five minutes from time opened the door for Rhodes, who turned inside and saw Michael Duff's clearance ricochet off his shin and loop into the net.

"It's not a great decision from Scott but the way it's gone in is truly incredible," said Dyche.

"It could bounce anywhere and it happens to spin over your goalkeeper."

Even then the visitors were indebted to Lee Williamson's red card for a professional foul on Danny Ings when the Burnley forward had just the goalkeeper to beat in stoppage time.

Williamson had only been on the pitch a matter of minutes and Rovers boss Gary Bowyer had "no qualms" over the dismissal, with Dyche himself suggesting the substitute was left with little choice but to bring down his forward.

Dyche added: "If you're a fan you don't ideally want to see that because you presuppose our lad's going through to score a goal.

"Players have to make decisions and, that late in the game, I would suggest it's a good decision on their part."

All three of the derbies in which Dyche has been Clarets manager have now ended 1-1 and, after David Dunn saved Rovers with a stoppage-time equaliser which looked offside back in March, the hosts were left wondering how many more get-out-of-jail cards are stashed at Ewood Park.

"I think there's a disappointment because they know they've done enough again," said Dyche of his dejected dressing room.

"In all the games against Blackburn since I've been manager I think we've done enough in every game to win it.

"One was taken away from us by a decision, another by a bit of luck today and the first one I think it's fair to say by their goalkeeper. It'll come."

Bowyer acknowledged Lady Luck was smiling on Blackburn's side of the M65, but also thought his young team were worthy of the point.

"When we go 1-0 down with 10 minutes to go, and the average age of the team was 22, you do wonder and question how they're going to react." he said.

"But, in this environment, we've got nothing but praise for them because they came back with a fantastic attitude and spirit, and in my opinion fully deserved the equaliser."

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