Julen Lopetegui: ‘Wolverhampton Wanderers denied penalty versus Newcastle United’

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Lopetegui: 'Wolves denied penalty versus Newcastle'

Head coach Julen Lopetegui has claimed that Wolverhampton Wanderers have been “very unfortunate” to not be awarded a penalty throughout their 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United on Sunday afternoon.

The guests went into the competition at St James’ Park with the chance to maneuver additional than three factors away from the Premier League relegation zone.

With 20 minutes remaining, Wolves appeared on the right track to earn a share of the spoils after Hwang Hee-chan cancelled out Alexander Isak‘s first-half opener.

Nevertheless, Miguel Almiron, who like Hwang was launched as a second-half substitute, produced a sensible end from inside the world to safe most factors for the Magpies.

Whereas Newcastle have been deserving of the victory based mostly on basic play, Wolves felt that they need to have had a penalty when the sport remained goalless when Nick Pope made contact with Raul Jimenez contained in the penalty space.

After the goalkeeper mis-controlled the ball, Jimenez beat him to it and went down below contract, just for VAR to rule that the referee had not dedicated a transparent and apparent error by not awarding the spot kick.

Though Lopetegui was fast to reward Newcastle after the sport, he acknowledged that he felt that his aspect ought to have been supplied with the chance to attain from 12 yards.

The Spaniard instructed Sky Sports activities: “Within the first half they labored by way of us. For me, we should always have had a penalty. We’re very unfortunate with the referee. We have been unfortunate in opposition to Liverpool after which once more right this moment.

“Within the second half we improved lots. We modified quite a lot of issues and have been capable of get at them.

“It was a pity that we had no adjustments left to make after they scored. We misplaced in opposition to an excellent group.”

Wolves, who stay in thirteenth spot, are subsequent in motion after they play host to Leeds United at Molineux on March 18, Lopetegui’s aspect sitting 4 factors forward of the Yorkshire giants.