Nuno Espirito Santo says ‘Justice’ served against Newcastle United and deserved more goals
Nuno Espirito Santo maybe wasn’t totally happy after the final whistle against Newcastle United but he was certainly relieved.
The Wolves boss felt his players could and should have had the match won by half-time as they were so much on top, Martin Dubravka making some excellent saves: ‘It’s not about the point, the story of the game could have been different as the first half was totally controlled.’
The second-half was different though and certainly once Isaac Hayden gave the Magpies the lead, Nuno Espirito Santo is quick to give praise for how Rafa’s side played: ‘Credit to Newcastle, they were so organised, so compact and it became really hard and very intense.’
The last gasp equaliser was predictably something he wasn’t going to argue against and declared ‘The job is the referee’s to judge and if does not see something, it’s good.’
Willy Boly clearly fouling Martin Dubravka with his arms wrapped around the keeper’s neck and impeding him, as the Wolves player headed home.
Basically a goal that as a fan you would hope might stand/get away with but the expectation being that the match officials will intervene.
In a way, both managers will see it as two points lost, rather than one gained.
Though undoubtedly it will be Rafa Benitez who will be easily the more unhappy one of the two on Tuesday morning.
Nuno Espirito Santo:
“After their goal the game is more difficult, they stayed more compact, more aggressive, always with the danger of counter attacks, so the game becomes delicate for us.
“Credit to Newcastle, they were so organised, so compact and it became really hard and very intense.
“It’s not about the point, the story of the game could have been different as the first half was totally controlled.
“What I’m disappointed with is to concede, we must be compact and we allowed Newcastle too much time to decide the final pass.
“The last minute showed the character of the team and belief of our fans here in Molineux, so I’m pleased for the late moment of joy.
“Once again, it’s a last minute goal that I think puts some justice in the game, honestly.
“We keep on going, the boys keep on going, they know until the final whistle is there everybody fights.
“We went until the end, a big effort from the boys and a point here in Molineux I think was good.
“In the last minute we started putting the ball in the box and got a moment we deserved.
“The last minute gave us the joy in the end, I think it was well-deserved, I think we didn’t deserve to lose this game.
“Honestly, I think the team needs and deserves the credit of the fans.
“They are giving this unconditional support. It’s so important, I’m very, very happy.
“Referees are so well-prepared and must decide in one second. The decision that he makes, before seeing the images, I’ll always support. I don’t judge because it’s so difficult, it’s so hard.
“The job is the referee’s to judge and if does not see something, it’s good.
“It (the equaliser) came late but the performance deserved goals.
“We produced, we combined and created situations, but the final touch was not there. It’s something we must improve and be more clinical, the game required that kind of quality of the players.
“The first half we played good, very good against a good team in Newcastle.
“Second half we didn’t start so well and a mistake allowed the goal of Newcastle.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Wolves 1 Newcastle 1
Newcastle: Hayden 56
Wolves: Boly 90+3
Possession was Wolves 60% Newcastle 40%
Total shots were Wolves 22 Newcastle 9
Shots on target were Wolves 6 Newcastle 3
Corners were Wolves 13 Newcastle 1
Referee: Graham Scott
Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Lejeune, Ritchie, Hayden (Diame 86), Longstaff, Atsu (Almiron 72), Perez (Manquillo 90), Rondon
Woodman, Joselu, Fernandez, Kenedy
Crowd: 30,687 (Newcastle 2,402)
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(Jamie Carragher and Patrick Kluivert verdict on that controversial equaliser HERE)
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