‘I can make a book’

‘I can make a book’

Chief Julen Lopetegui says he could write a book about bad decisions against wolves next a thrilling 4-2 defeat against Leeds.

Jack Harrison, Luke Ayling, Rasmus Kristensen and Rodrigo pounced for the visitors as they fled the Premier League relegation zone.

Jonny spectacularly grabbed a goal before Matheus Cunha made it 3-2, but Jonny was then sent off for a dangerous tackle on Ayling.

Unused substitute Matheus Nunes was also sent off for an altercation with the assistant referee in the aftermath of Rodrigo’s goal, with angry Wolves having it conceded after Adama Traore was dropped by Marc Roca in build-up.

Wolves also thought they should have conceded a first-half penalty after Nelson Semedo went down to the challenge of Junior Firpo.

Wolves have received three apologies from PGMOL chief Howard Webb in the past two months for refereeing errors, and it was only on Friday that Lopetegui said he still trusted the referees.

“I can make a book (on bad decisions) – Liverpool, Nottingham Forest, Newcastle, Southampton, today,” said Lopetegui, who arrived for his press conference 90 minutes after the final whistle as colleagues Edu Rubio and Matt Wild visited referee Michael Salisbury after the match.

“Sometimes mistakes are understood, they are part of football, but repeating the same mistake against us isn’t easy.

“I don’t want an explanation, I don’t expect it. In the last game (against Newcastle) it was the same today.

“I want to make right decisions and not have the feeling or feeling that it was off balance. At the end of the season they will normally be balanced but we are very unlucky, we have to be critical of the bad things but we didn’t deserve to lose this game.

“We had a very clear penalty again, but the referee and the VAR think otherwise.”

Lopetegui said Wolves intend to appeal against both red cards.

“Jonny’s red card, in the last touch he lost a bit of control. I think it’s a whodunit,” he said to her.

“After their fourth goal it was a very obvious foul on Adama and Nunes wanted to complain. He was coming back, the linesman hit Nunes, he couldn’t see it. He had no intentions.”

Luke Ayling Celebrates Scoring For Leeds Against Wolves.

Harrison opened the scoring after six minutes from Wilfried Gnonto’s cross, but Wolves rallied, only for Pedro Neto to score a fine opener while Semedo saw a blocked shot.

Wolves thought they had equalized when Mario Lemina spurred on, but it was correctly ruled offside before Ayling made it 2-0.

Things got worse for Wolves after 61 minutes when Kristensen, who had only been on 31 seconds, robbed playful Jonny and shot through the legs of Jose Sa.

Jonny began to atone for his mistake three minutes later when he lobbed into an empty net from 40 yards out.

Illan Meslier denied Cunha but was caught off guard when the attacker’s shot was deflected by Max Wober to make it 3-2.

But Jonny’s red card for a dangerous tackle on Ayling six minutes from time ended Wolves’ comeback.

Rodrigo added a fourth in stoppage time when he went clear with the hosts furious Roca hadn’t been penalised. Nunes was ejected after appearing to collide with the linesman and was hauled off.

Leeds’ only other away win in the league came against Liverpool in October, but they dropped out of the relegation zone to sit in 14th place, one point behind the hosts.

“We had a great win, our players had a fantastic game and they deserve the reward and the three points,” said boss Javi Gracia.

“If we analyze the game, I’ll tell you that we have to improve many things. In defense we can do better. We were playing against a very good team with very good players.

“Now we have time to enjoy the victory and we can prepare with more confidence.

“You know the points are really important and you need them. There are 11 games left and all games are like a final for us.”

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