Wolves: Liam Keen blasts ‘awful’ VAR decision vs Newcastle
Wolverhampton Wanderers journalist Liam Keen has blasted the ‘awful’ use of VAR during the Premier League game vs Newcastle United.
The Lowdown: Defeat at St. James’ Park
The Old Gold were the visitors at St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon, where Julen Lopetegui and his side suffered a 2-1 defeat despite Hwang Hee-Chan getting on the scoresheet just moments after coming on.
VAR was once again at the heart of a decisive moment, when the Midlands outfit were denied a penalty in the opening stages after Nick Pope took out Raul Jimenez inside the area, which caused an outrage on social media.
The Latest: Keen’s reaction
Taking to Twitter, Keen couldn’t believe that Wolves weren’t awarded a spot-kick for the foul on Jimenez. He wrote:
“VAR shambles once again. Have seen a few replays and still think it’s a penalty.
“Getting tweets from TV viewers saying VAR was checked, but nothing was made clear in the stadium. Just awful use of the technology.”
The Verdict: Wrong decision
Wolves will understandably feel hard done by with this VAR decision going against them, and the game could have had a different outcome should the visitors have netted the opener.
The Molineux outfit are now just three points above the relegation zone thanks to the results of other teams around them so need to start picking up victories should they want to avoid the drop.
Wanderers still have reverse fixtures to play against several of their bottom of the table rivals, including Leeds United and Everton, so these meetings could prove decisive in the hunt to maintain their top-flight status.