Huddersfield Town 0 – Burnley 0
Both Huddersfield Town and Burnley will head into 2018 pinching themselves with their current positions in the Premier League table.
After a 0-0 draw at the Kirklees Stadium on Saturday, Burnley are seventh in the top flight and Huddersfield are 11th.
It’s fair to say that no pundit backed either Huddersfield or Burnley to be performing this well after 21 matches in the season.
Jonas Lossl takes out Jeff Hendrick
But Burnley will feel they were on the wrong end of a horror decision in the Huddersfield game.
Burnley were denied a stonewall penalty when Terriers goalie Jonas Lossl took out Jeff Hendrick in the home box.
Lossl, getting none of the ball whatsoever, tripped up Hendrick as he rounded the keeper.
To be honest the decision seemed incredibly clear.
It’s difficult to understand how referee Paul Tierney and his assistants missed such an obvious spot-kick decision.
Jonas Lossl admits the ref made a huge mistake
After the Burnley game, Huddersfield’s Jonas Lossl was asked directly about the Hendrick incident.
Rather than sweeping the issue under the rug or dodging responsibility, Lossl owned up to the fact that he should have given away a penalty.
Indeed the goalie seemed genuinely shocked that the official gave the decision in Huddersfield’s favour.
Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl: “I touched him. I spoke to the referee and I said there was contact. I was not surprised he didn’t give it, I didn’t do it on purpose, but there was contact. I told the referee after but it was his decision” – so it was a penalty then!
— Steve (@Stevie___C) December 30, 2017
Leicester & Liverpool
David Wagner will take his Huddersfield side to Leicester’s King Power Stadium for their first match in 2018.
As for Burnley, they take on Liverpool at Turf Moor on Monday.