Nuno Espirito Santo was under pressure less than a week ago.

Only one point from six games, there were even claims he could get the push despite a mid-table position.

However, two big wins against Chelsea and Newcastle have once again sent Wolves on an upward curve.

For Rafa Benitez and many Newcastle fans, Sunday’ game swung on some key decisions for the referee.

In particular, Yedlin’s red card and the penalty (and red card?) that wasn’t given for an elbow to Ayoze Perez’ face, before the visitors went up the other end and scored the winner.

Maybe not the biggest surprise to hear Nuno Espirito Santo feels that the referee got both decisions right.

The Wolves boss claiming Lascelles couldn’t have got round to cover and so Yedlin ‘s foul was a red and not a yellow.

However, whilst admitting Boly elbowed Ayoze Perez. Nuno claims it was an accident.

Interesting to hear what he would have thought if it had been at the other end of the pitch…

Nuno Espirito Santo:

“The law is clear, you can argue that if Lascelles can arrive on time to avoid the 1 v 1 with the goalkeeper but honestly I don’t think so.

“I think Diego (Jota) is clear 1 v 1 with the goalkeeper and I think the law is clear, it’s a red card.

“It’s a clear elbow on Ayoze Perez but from my point of view Boly jumps for the ball, he doesn’t see him and so it’s not intentional.

“Credit to Newcastle and all my respects to Rafa, I really admire him as a coach.”

“The performance was not so good, honestly, and we have spoken to each other.

“We must be proud because one thing we didn’t abandon was that we stayed with the game.

“We stayed with our attacks, we stayed compact, we stayed organised like a team.

“We win but the win cannot disguise things we must improve.

“No matter who we play, we always must maintain our standards, but we are improving, we are managing better and we stayed with our tasks.”

“We can’t think when we have one more player that it will be easier, it isn’t.

“It becomes much much harder because the spaces are not there.

“It becomes a hard game, that is why we needed a midfielder to have more control over the game.

“Of course, we are happy, our fans are happy, but we have a long way to go.

“Even when we are winning we always try to look for another goal.

“We are always trying to build, to play, to unlock teams.

“Sometimes it’s not easy and today was hard because Newcastle were compact and squeezed spaces, so it required a lot of energy.

“Back to back wins are very difficult to achieve in such a hard competition like the Premier League but we did it.

“After something so good like we achieved on Wednesday, you can get distracted, but we didn’t so I’m very proud.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 1 Wolves 2


Newcastle: Perez 23 (Yedlin red card 57)

Wolves: Jota 17, Doherty 90+4

Possession was Wolves 49% Newcastle 51%

Total shots were  Wolves 13 Newcastle 12

Shots on target were Wolves 6 Newcastle 4

Corners were  Wolves 6 Newcastle 4

Referee: Mike Dean

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez (Manquillo 46), Clark, Ritchie, Diame, Ki, Atsu (Kenedy 89), Rondon (Joselu 86), Perez

Unused Subs:

Woodman, Longstaff, Muto, Dummett

Crowd: 50,223 (Wolves 3,000)

(Read the instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to the defeat HERE)

(Read the NUFC player match ratings HERE)

  • Carverlier football

    I’m not complaining about the red card, but it was a pen…

    • Dillon Tovak

      I’m not 100% about the red but think it’s debatable, and am not really too sure about the Ayoze foul. The guy doesn’t have a look and check where he is, Shearer built a career on a leading elbow.

      • Ram Kishore

        Perez foul is debatable. At the end of the day i gotta admit, both the teams were poor. Wolves were a bit better than us in the second half after Feddy was out

        • Martin Rooney

          Nufc better team easily

          • Ram Kishore

            Yesterday we were a better until 45 minutes. But on the paper wolves definitely looks better on anyday.

            I loved Perez’s goal. I just didn’t like his celebration but I can’t blame him either for the stick he’s been receiving. He’s definitely the only player who creates enough chances for us. Not many on here have been fair enough on many occasions even when he assists or scores a goal.
            Whenever he gets a chance to make a run, he doesn’t ever receive much support or runners and most keep forgetting he only cost 1.5m.
            Still I didn’t like his celebration

          • Martin Rooney

            That’s a departure for you, normally balanced, I guess it could be taken as I’m not listening however it appeared to me that Rondon, was doing the same at the same time so we can’t be sure its meant ameaning was as you maybe first thought.
            Recent cricisism has been grossly unfair and everyone is entitled to alright to reply. as often the case with our so called wonderful support a couple complain and thousands of cowards join in.
            Ayoze is acquapity footballer doing his best, he’d be better in a more attacking team with more players up the feild with him

      • Martin Rooney

        Doesn’t matter he’s an experienced CB he knows no danger from goal side and ensures he uses Force to ensure nothing impedes him from the attacking side where a player will be running on to head the ball into the bet.
        You can be 100%sure he was not using arms to get leverage for height to head the ball as when you do the that bother arms are used in similar fashion/motion that was not the case here. Not only pen but straight red for a wreckless action on the field

    • GeordieZebra

      It was a red. It was also a blatant pen.

      Made worse that the ref didn’t stop game for head injury (he said he thought been smacked in face with ball, which is head) and they nearly scored at the other end.

      Andy Hinchcliffe the commentator also says no foul, no pen, no reason to stop, and Perez motm. How do these people get employed?

    • Burt Humperdink

      Agreed I think a draw was a fair result and it was a good shout for a penalty as it legit put Perez off and Boly didn’t get the ball.

  • Toontaff

    Be interesting to know how many fouls by Wolves were given and how many were not. Every time the ball went towards him, their centre halves fouled Rondon. A very dirty, niggly team, who were extremely lucky Mike Dean, the star of the tv screen, is such a useless pile of plop! A couple of early yellow cards may have changed the plan, which was clearly to foul repeatedly. The 3 centre halves and the right back who scored, could easily have been sent off for persistent foul play.

    • Anthony Davis

      The plan was to foul repeatedly? Really? What a complete and utter stupid thing to say, stop being a salty sore looser!

      • Toontaff

        Just saying what I saw. The centre half who elbowed Perez was one who should have already been off for persistent fouling. Nice to see where your manager is coming from, like the fans, and wonder how long before the boot is on the other foot and you’re all whining about the ref when it goes the other way.

    • Mr_Kinnear

      Not being pedantic😁 but if the ref does not give a free kick then they are not fouls. He makes the decisions.

      • Martin Rooney

        You are being pedantic, a player has still been fouled.

      • Toontaff

        And unfortunately Mike Dean, the ref, was completely useless!

    • Pezza

      It is an ongoing problem with refereeing. Refs can yellow & send off players for continual foul play. Fouls are fouls at any point on the pitch, and should be punished equally if it’s the edge of box or half way up the pitch. Any player that purposely fouls should get a yellow. I hate to see players purposely foul and would rather see these yellowed and sent off rather than an honest but mistimed challenge.

      TyereTissno doubt we should have had a penalty but there should have been more players sitting on yellows by then.

      Yedlin was rightly sent off, Lascelles should have had at least a yellow and should have been a bit more subtle with his challenge. It’s far for sudtle to clothes line at stomach level.

      • Martin Rooney

        Watch it again yedlins shirt sleeve was pulled first free kick to nufc

        • Pezza

          I’ll try, to find it. Is that after he miscontrols?

          • Martin Rooney

            As soon as they are running together

  • Wor Lass

    Mike Dean was poor all game – for both teams. He missed loads of fouls, some of them absolutely blatant. Boly constantly got away with murder.

    • simonjames60

      though lascelles lucky not go get carded when he clotheslined traore in first half

      • Toontaff

        Second half, I thought Lascalles was lucky to stay on, too.

      • Burt Humperdink

        Indeed, I honestly thought Lascelles was awful yesterday, seemed to lack concentration and made daft judgement calls.

  • MadMag83

    Whether it was a red or not, why on earth did Yedlin decide to risk a red card? He’s not guaranteed to score the 1v1, and even if he does it’s 1-2 with plenty of time to get an equaliser. I could understand committing that foul if it was near the end of the game, but it wasn’t.

    • Dillon Tovak

      You’re right but what can you do about split second decisions?

      • MadMag83

        True. As you say it comes down to decision making in the heat of the moment. The best players remain calm and don’t make rash decisions. Yedlin isn’t a top player unfortunately.

  • Mxpx

    By the letter of the law yedlin has to go he’s the last man and was more clumsy about trying to get back in position than anything and does tug jota I’m not convinced it brought him down BUT he’s always going to go down under that level of contact however if this happened on the half way line with covering players it’s not even a yellow I’d love to see this factored in and no suspension albeit wishful thinking

    • Burt Humperdink

      indeed he was always going to go and didn’t really argue all that much.

  • Martin Rooney

    You should all watch this again. It seems that most agree pulling the shirt is an offence that leads to a free kick and possibly a sanction.

    Watch again you will see yedlins sleeve being pulled and his right side being pulled down and him restricted from getting the ball. Free kick to newcastle Mike Dean’s effing useless

    • Vodkamagpie

      That’s exactly what I said a few hours ago