I’ve never been one for conspiracy theories in football but if there isn’t something sinister going on the standard and consistency of refereeing in the Premier League is simply appalling.
Having swallowed that decision against Matt Doherty that effectively killed off our top-four aspirations, we switch over to see an identical situation where (surprise, surprise) a penalty wasn’t awarded against Man City.
Can anybody please explain this to me?
Guess what? No penalty pic.twitter.com/oHmMHpAjeV— Jay (@Wolvesjay90) July 15, 2020
Apparently, VAR didn’t even check the above appeal.
Then fast forward 24 hours and they’ve got the microscope out again to rule Jordan Ayew’s goal out for offside against Man Utd.
Whatever anyone wants to say about individual decisions going one way or the other, it’s indisputable to me that the elite are nearly always the benefactors of VAR and common sense has long since left town.
It’s all about trying to finish sixth now and earn that Europa League place for next season outright. Lets hope we’re not ruing any more interference by the time the full time whistle blows at Stamford Bridge.
Having seen off Bournemouth in the first game back after the restart it’s been a disastrous spell for Palace who have now accumulated six straight Premier League defeats.
Like Wolves, they can rue some bad luck concerning questionable decisions that have gone against them, but even so, you don’t lose that many consecutive matches if something isn’t going wrong.
I watched the latter stages of their game against Chelsea and still can’t comprehend how they didn’t convert late chances into a well-earned point.
But I think most Palace fans would say that’s been the story of their season. Being competitive in matches, but too often lacking the finish.
They’ve mustered a pretty woeful tally of just 30 goals in the league, with only Norwich (26) scoring less, relying on defensive solidity to edge their way up the table.
If nothing else, it gives them clarity for next season about their summer recruitment priorities but in the here and now Roy Hodgeson will want to address the slide and avoid signing off with a run of 8 defeats.
One significant blow in that respect was the injury to Patrick van Aanholt last night who will almost certainly miss the remainder of the season. Gary Cahill is also out.
The Away End
Some thoughts lifted from the pre-match thread in a popular Palace forum:
A much,much improved performance last night and we were desperately unlucky with the decisions that went against us. Wolves?? They have all to play for,although it would not surprise me if we get a point. 1-1.
Wolves have hardly been awash with goals since the restart, scoring 8 in the 7 games but they have scored in 5 of them. Only the other night I was in conversation with a Wolves supporter,perhaps in his 60s, who has been following the club for years.In his estimation this is the best Wolves team he has seen.
We will win this, always had a good record against wolves, desperately unlucky not to have taken all 3 points from them at the start of the season,
Same as last year- Wolves 0-2 Palace
Wolves 3(VAR/2, Jiminez)-0 Palace
Nuno was full of surprises at Turf Moor and despite a somewhat disjointed performance, we should have won the game.
I still don’t like Traore at wingback as he can’t occupy those positions inside where he’s so often so devastating, as we saw in the build up to the Jimenez goal.
Podence tried a lot of things that didn’t come off, but I like that he’s always in the game, always close to making something happen. He linked up well with Jota at times and again I thought the rotation of the front three gave us more attacking potency, albeit without the end product.
Whoever plays, the Burnley game once again underlined how reliant we are on Raul to get things going for us.
If we aren’t able to hold onto him next season, we need to pull another rabbit out of the hat in the transfer window to avoid becoming like Palace – a good team who just don’t score enough goals.
Goals win games and the Mexican accounts for nearly half of ours in the league.
Well done to Matt Cook, JackoMac, kiwiwolf, Ash K and vicsmith who all correctly predicted the 1-1 at Turf Moor.
And it’s an extra pat on the back for vicsmith who also takes over at the top of the overall table with just two games to go.
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Up The Wolves!