Burnley boss Sean Dyche questions whether honesty is the best policy!

Sean Dyche is starting to question whether honesty really is the best policy.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 7:30 am

The Burnley boss has always prided himself on his integrity, a trait which has filtered down to his players and staff.

But the ex-Watford defender is starting to lose count of the amount of times the Clarets have been penalised for their sincerity.

Dyche joked that his players were perhaps a bit too honest in October when his side picked up their first point of the campaign at The Hawthorns.

Burnley's English manager Sean Dyche (L) and Southampton's Austrian manager Ralph Hasenhuttl (R) gesture from the sidelines during the English Premier League football match at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, southern England on April 4, 2021.

Defender Kevin Long did his best to stay upright after a nudge in the back from West Brom's Darnell Fisher and referee Anthony Taylor turned a blind eye.

Dyche's bewilderment was compounded when Bukayo Saka's challenge on Matej Vydra went unpunished at Turf Moor last month.

And his understanding of what now constitutes a penalty was further clouded at the weekend when Jan Bednarek got away with a shirt pull on Chris Wood.

He said: "You know our stats on penalties. It's the old fable; we tend not to go down easy so then you're getting penalised for not going down easily because you don't get the foul.

Burnley striker Chris Wood (3rd R) jumps to head the ball against Southampton midfielder Moussa Djenepo (2nd R) and defender Jan Bednarek (R) during the English Premier League football match at St Mary's Stadium in Southampton, England on April 4, 2021.

"Then the teams that do go down do get the foul. If Woody throws his arms up in the air and falls on the floor I'd bet you any money it's a penalty.

"But, because he doesn't, and he tries to score, he weirdly gets penalised by doing the right thing."

Leicester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Brighton and Manchester City have had more spot kicks this term than Burnley have had in 149 Premier League games.

Burnley have had just seven penalties since the start of the 2017/18 campaign while only two of those - the joint worst return in the division - have been awarded this season.

Matej Vydra of Burnley shoots whilst under pressure from Bukayo Saka of Arsenal during the Premier League match between Burnley and Arsenal at Turf Moor on March 06, 2021 in Burnley, England.

"That's a peculiar side of the game," said Dyche. "It's been happening for a number of years, but I can't change it.

"You just hope that on another day the referee and the VAR view it differently and make a call.

"I get the idea of them giving him a chance to score, but as soon as the keeper makes the save that's got to be looked at."