Paul Lambert wasn’t happy with defeat to Newcastle United and had a long list of reasons as to why he was hard done by.
The Wolves boss blaming Aleksandar Mitrovic, the match officials, bad luck and the Newcastle bench after the one goal defeat leaves them only six points above the relegation zone.
The reality of the game was that we saw yet another Rafa Benitez away performance with the philosophy of keep it tight, don’t let the opposition score, take any chance that comes along, then redouble your efforts not to concede.
It might not be the bets to watch but with 11 wins from 15 away games, it has been pretty damned effective.
In the absence of Dwight Gayle it is always going to be more difficult for Newcastle to look to open up the opposition and Aleksandar Mitrovic was a forlorn figure.
Paul Lambert thinks he should have been definitely sent off but even the very biased Sky Sports pundits could only point out that yes Mitrovic could well have been booked for a challenge on the goalkeeper BUT that the earlier yellow card was a ridiculous decision.
This is the problem with managers such as Paul Lambert blaming match officials, they pick and choose which decisions to criticise, rather than the game as a whole.
As well as Mitro and the match officials, Paul Lambert was also not happy with somebody on the Newcastle bench – I’ll have to look again at the TV footage but obviously this wasn’t a factor in the Wolves defeat.
Lambert talks of bad luck but the stats below show only two efforts on target and these came in the last few minutes, plus they were ones with little power and straight at Darlow, so not really efforts on target that were ever going to be goals.
In reality, this was yet another away game where the opposition feel hard done by after thinking they were in the game and battling for all 90 minutes.
Yes they probably were at Molineux but bottom line is another gritty three points for Newcastle and no apologies needed to a Wolves outfit left with nothing but grievances about the result and key incidents during the match.
“I just felt we were the team pushing for a goal, the lads were doing everything I had asked of them in the first half and had got onto the front foot – but we conceded a poor goal.
“Price was off the pitch and I thought he had been running the show in the middle of the pitch.
“When you see the stats it shows that we were the dominant team and I’m not sure whether the goal should have stood.
“It’s the referee’s decision on Mitrovic but I’ve been a player not so long ago and if you are on a yellow card, and you raise your studs, then you run the risk.
“I think that maybe Rafa realised that at half-time and took him off, he has been in the game longer than I have on the management side but I also know that when you raise your studs you are in trouble.
“The lad was offside for the goal as well so that is two big moments and the referee calls it the way that he sees it.
“I saw the foot being raised and he caught him.
“Carl’s actually lucky that there isn’t more damage to his Achilles.
“If the referee can’t see it then his assistant has to and missing that is a big moment.
“I was upset with one of their bench and I am not going to let anyone come out and be derogative to my own bench. I am not having that so I will give it back.
“We had domination of the game against a team that I think will go out of the league.
“There are always big moments in games and big decisions and we never got the break today but I can’t fault the lads for the way they are playing.
“We should have worked the goalkeeper more with the amount of the ball that we had.
“We got into really good areas to deliver but there were times when we hit the first man or the ball just wasn’t breaking for us.
“It was difficult to break them down but I still think we are playing really well.
“I thought at the start of the season Newcastle were going to get out of the league and I still do but we have shown we are certainly not a million miles away and I think it is a compliment to us that they defended really deep.
“With the way we are playing we have come a long way and I expect us to be giving teams like Newcastle a tough game and I expect us to be winning games.
“We need to be consistent and credit to Newcastle, they have been really consistent and that is why they are up there.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Wolves 0 Newcastle 1
Newcastle: Mitrovic 44
Possession was Wolves 57% Newcastle 43%
Total shots were Wolves 11 Newcastle 6
Shots on target were Wolves 2 Newcastle 2
Corners were Wolves 5 Newcastle 3
Referee: Craig Pawson
Crowd: 24,876 (4,200 Newcastle)
Darlow, Yedlin, Lascelles, Clark, Dummett, Ritchie (Murphy 82), Colback, Shelvey, Gouffran, Diame (Perez 88), Mitrovic (Atsu 46)
Elliot, Hanley, Gamez, Hayden
(To read the instant Newcastle fan/writer reaction go HERE)
(To see the interactive Newcastle v Wolves player ratings and to add your own go HERE)
(To watch the winning Mitrovic goal go HERE)