Wolves boss Nuno: VAR kills mood but we must get used to it

By Joe Edwards | Wolves | Published:

Nuno Espirito Santo insists Wolves having two goals chalked off by VAR against Southampton had a 'terrible impact' on his players and the Molineux atmosphere.

Nuno Espirito Santo (AMA)

Raul Jimenez had two first-half strikes disallowed in the 1-1 draw – the first for handball and the second because Patrick Cutrone was offside in the build-up – before he cancelled out Danny Ings' opener from the penalty spot.

They were the correct decisions, and Nuno does not contest that, although he felt booking Jimenez for the handball was harsh.

"We have to get used to VAR. It's fine margins, small details," he said.

"We celebrate and then the momentum (goes). This is what is tough.

"The stadium was celebrating, and then it came down.

"The mood of the players – it has a terrible impact on the team that has the goal not allowed.

"This is VAR, though. We have to get used to it.

"It's not a yellow card for Raul. He has no intention.


"They saw handball but the yellow card is too harsh on him.

"Cutrone is small details, but it happens to all of the teams."

Wolves had Ryan Bennett and Ruben Neves go off with knocks as they extended their unbeaten run in the Premier League to four games.

"The game was complicated, hard for both teams," said Nuno.


"There was a lot of fight, fighting for the ball.

"It was two teams having good spells – Southampton had some good spells, and then I think we were better in the second half but we conceded from a mistake.

"Goals, VAR, there were a lot of things. It was a very tough game.

"The boys worked hard. We reacted to the goal and we went for the win until the end.

"But it was always dangerous as Southampton came out and created problems.

"They did well. We could have done better, but we worked hard. We worked very hard."

He added: "Ryan, let's see how he is. We hope that it's not too serious.

"When he came out, the team lost a bit of organisation.

"There are things we have to improve, definitely have to improve.

"And let's see how Ruben is. The medical department know what they're doing."

Joe Edwards

By Joe Edwards
Multi-Media Sports Journalist - @JoeEdwards_Star

Wolves fan turned Wolves correspondent for the Express & Star.


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