Heartbroken Leander Dendoncker admits 'stupid foul' in Wolves Cup defeat

Leander Dendoncker admitted he committed a ‘stupid foul’ when giving away the penalty that saw Watford take the game to extra-time.

Leander Dendoncker (© AMA SPORTS PHOTO AGENCY)
Leander Dendoncker (© AMA SPORTS PHOTO AGENCY)

The midfielder tripped Troy Deeney in the Wolves penalty when there were just 180 seconds remaining of stoppage time at the end of 90 minutes.

Wolves were 2-1 up at the time. Deeney despatched the resulting penalty and Watford went on to win the game in extra-time via Gerard Deulofeu’s winner.

Belgian international Dendoncker said at first he didn’t think the challenge was deserving of a penalty.

Michael Oliver pointed to the spot and then consulted with VAR officials who agreed with his decision to penalise Dendoncker.

A heartbroken Dendoncker said he shouldn’t have touched Deeney – but didn't spot him coming.

The 23-year-old said: “At first I didn’t think it was a penalty but apparently when the VAR looked at it they decided it was, so apparently it was a penalty.

“I didn’t see him coming. I think you can say it was a stupid foul, the last seconds of the game, I think I shouldn’t have touched him, but it’s too late.”

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Wolves blew a two-goal lead at Wembley – they were 2-0 up with just 12 minutes remaining.

Dendoncker added: “It’s a horrible feeling. We were very close to the final.”

Head coach Nuno Espirito Santo told the players he was proud of their run to the semi-final despite the late heartache.

Dendoncker said: “Everybody is disappointed but he’s proud of what we did. It’s very sad because we were really close to it.”

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