Santo reveals why his side didn’t deserve to beat Newcastle

Date published: Sunday 9th December 2018 7:03

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Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo claims his side were fortunate to claim all three points at St James’ Park this afternoon.

The visitors opened the scoring after 17 minutes when Diogo Jota sent a close-range effort past Martin Dubravka. The Magpies response would be swift however, as Ayoze Perez flicked a header into the net shortly after Solomon Rondon’s free-kick had crashed back off the post.

The main talking point would arrive after 57 minutes when Newcastle’s DeAndre Yedlin was shown a straight red for pulling down Jota in what appeared a clear goal-scoring opportunity.

Newcastle thought they had done enough to hold on but Matt Doherty had other plans, nodding in a 94th minute winner to leave the hosts shell-shocked.

Santo, speaking to Sky Sports, was far from pleased with his team’s performance. He said: “A late win. Enthusiasm disguises things – we didn’t do the best performance. We allowed Newcastle to put us behind. We didn’t win our duels or manage the possession of the ball.

“A draw was clearly the right result. The red card changes the game. We were lucky to beat them in the end.

The Portuguese manager was reluctant to comment on the red card incident: “It’s too difficult for me to judge because I’m on the other side of the pitch”, he said.

Newcastle saw a strong penalty appeal turned down after Willy Boly’s challenge on Perez, but Santo requested that he was no longer pushed on the performance of referee Mike Dean.

“For me that was a dispute of the ball. Don’t always ask me about the referee please, it’s a tough job”, he said.

“You are asking me always about the referee. He’s always deciding what he sees.

“It was a tough game in the momentum where we are – everyone thinks everything was solved after Chelsea but that’s not true. At the same time we never went out of the game.”

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