The Clarets romped to a convincing 3-1 victory over Middlesbrough to go six factors clear at the high of the Championship desk
Middlesbrough supervisor Michael Carrick has expressed his displeasure with the referee’s decision not to award a penalty kick to his facet following a foul on Chuba Akpom throughout their conflict in opposition to Burnley on Saturday.
Burnley carved out a 3-1 win over Boro at the Turf Moor, to finish the guests’ three-match successful streak that stretched again to November.
That ultimate end result might have turned out in another way, although, as Middlesbrough opened the scoring via Duncan Watmore and had an enormous penalty shout moments earlier than Burnley equalised.
Super Eagles hopeful Akpom went down beneath a problem from Taylor Harewood-Bellis on the edge of the penalty space but referee David Webb ignored calls for a penalty or, at the very least, a free-kick.
Burnley’s Manuel Benson drew the dwelling facet levelled inside a pair of minutes of that incident and Carrick insists it was a turning level of the encounter.
At the publish-match press convention, Carrick stated: “We had a good penalty shout. We go 1-0 up, and I simply assume the Chuba one on the edge of the field is such a giant second.
“For me, if you’re in management of the ball and you’re aim facet of the defender, and you’re defending it as you’re informed to as a child, then if there’s contact and you each fall over, I simply don’t see how you don’t give a free-kick or a penalty. I was informed there was minimal contact, but for me, I simply don’t perceive how that’s not a penalty.
“Whether it’s a penalty or not, in phrases of the place it is on the pitch, is very shut. But even if it’s a free-kick, it’s in an amazing place.
“It’s more the fact that there was contact – I’ve been told there was contact and the officials knew that – then in that position, I just don’t understand how they don’t then give the decision.”
Akpom has been one of Boro’s greatest gamers this time period, with the 27-year-old striker registering 9 objectives and one help in 16 Championship matches.
The Nigeria-eligible ahead received the Championship’s Fans’ Player of the Month award for November.