VAR doesn’t just expose bad decisions, it shines a light on the chronic lack of common sense amongst officials.
Bellegarde did push Lockyer away with his boot after the Luton man deliberately entangled himself with our midfielder to encourage a response. But a replay should have been enough to show that Lockyer bought it and the contact itself was minimal. A yellow would have been sufficient.
Some might disagree on that point but the penalty simply wasn’t a penalty. Maybe the ref didn’t see the ball cannoned of João Gomes’ leg before hitting his hand, but the man watching it in slo-mo certainly did, so why wasn’t it overturned?
Any team would find decisions like that maddening, but Wolves simply can’t afford the injustice.
We were second best before and after being reduced to 10 men and that is something Gary O’Neil and his players have to answer for with no shots on goal underlining a desperately poor first half.
Even with a man less, I would have hoped we’d create more after the break but a fine Neto solo goal and a Neto cross that was nearly prodded in aside, we did nothing.
Pedro was excellent again but those around him aren’t pulling their weight.
I don’t know what Kalajdzik needs to do to get some minutes on the pitch but his continued omission is baffling with Wolves unable to hold the ball in the attacking third.
Even today I thought he was a viable option with 10 men but it was clear from the manager’s changes that the performance became about not losing the game.
I thought Toti and Doherty were sensible introductions at the break but after Luton’s equaliser every substitution just forced us back and allowed Luton to get balls into the penalty area. Why not retain at least some presence as an attacking force?
Credit to the lads for defending their own box well throughout. They stood up to that aspect of the challenge a lot better than I thought they would.
Sa was jittery though, almost contriving to give a goal away following a miscommunication with Dawson and for the second week running it was his fast release to try and start a counter that resulted in the opposition getting a goal. I don’t subscribe to the idea he’s a bad keeper but he does need to steady the ship and, like the referees, start making smarter decisions.