Burnley boss Sean Dyche explained the Hammers had shown how tough the Premier League is – even against 10 men as the two teams fought out a draw at Turf Moor.
After the game he said: “”Some games open up and teams lose their shape and it makes it easier to break them down, but others make it weirdly difficult.
They (West Ham) camped in as you’d expect and we couldn’t find that moment of quality until the end. The Premier League isn’t easy even against 10 men.”
But he admitted he was disappointed with a “soft goal” for the Irons opener although made it clear Andy Carroll had to go after his elbowing offence
He said: “It’s a definite sending off just because it’s the laws of the game. I’m not bothered about players putting themselves about, I quite like it. I think the game is missing that, actually. But it is a definite sending off.
“They’re two yellows, but I think the second one possibly was a straight red. I haven’t seen it back, but I just felt it was a real big challenge from a distance, jumping in.
“But I must make it clear, I’m not overly against the physicality in the game. I still think there’s a place for it, but if it goes too far then it has to be dealt with, as it was today.
Having seen them now I thought they were both bookings, he knew what he was doing, the first maybe he might have escaped the booking 50% of the time but he definitely elbowed him, the second he deliberately took the player out after running about 15 – 20 yards it was more dangerous than Arnautovic’s, the fact Bilic said he had no problem with either decisions for the yellow cards says it all really because he has always been Carroll’s biggest fan, bottom line is Carroll has let the club, the fans and his teammates down today, he should be rough and physical and the first booking is part of that but the second one was OTT and stupid considering he had just been booked.Hopefully he can make amends when he gets back into the team and win us some points, I just hope he is punished, look at poor Rice, an inexperienced player, disposessed once and left out, much like Oxford after being rolled by Lukaku what Carroll did is much worse he should get the same treatment imo.