Four bad decisions in one game is tough to swallow, even by this season’s ludicrous standards.
I feel most aggrieved about the penalty given against Semedo after the replay showed a clear touch of the ball and with it, a clear and obvious error. That is a clanger.
The Gomes penalty is straddling the line but having not been given on the pitch, it was incredible that the VAR intervened having failed to do so for the first penalty.
Should Tim Ream have been given a second yellow for bringing down Hwang for the one decision we did get? Possibly.
Should Vinicius have been given a straight red for head butting Kilman? Definitely.
Even one of these calls going our way probably prevents this contest from ending in defeat so despite another iffy second half showing I struggle to be too critical of the players’ efforts.
Wolves aren’t brilliant and they aren’t awful so these types of games are always going to come down to small moments and you simply can’t keep your head above water up against such a sustained assault from the officials.
Gary O’Neil spoke well afterwards and his ‘what’s the point?’ demeanour is the measured response that was needed. We can kick and scream all we want, but nothing is going to change in the short term.
On the non-contentious parts of the game, I felt their first goal was too soft and they got in far too easily down that left side all evening.
Bellegarde did superbly for the equaliser and continues to look a brilliant find.
Santi Bueno did alright, but there were one or two uncomfortable moments and I struggle to see him keeping Dawson out of the side.
With both Lemina and Gomes suspended for the trip to Arsenal, the task becomes significantly harder.
It’s a big ask going to the Emirates and hoping for a change of fortune, but after all we’ve endured with just over a third of the season gone, it’s already overdue.