Nuno refuses to criticise referee

BOURNEMOUTH, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23: Nuno Espirito Santo, Manager of Wolverhampton Wanderers applauds fans following the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Vitality Stadium on February 23, 2019 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Wolverhampton Wanderer’s boss Nuno Espirito Santo declined to comment on referee Roger East after his side were held to a controversial 1-1 draw at Bournemouth on Saturday.

The official, who was a late replacement at the Vitality, made questionable decisions that influenced the final result.

Raul Jimenez converted from the spot to earn a draw for his team but the controversy was rife when he failed to spot the handball of defender Chris Mepham

“The result we never know and justice in football is sometimes not so fair if you want,” said the Portuguese via Sky.

“But what I saw was a very emotional and competitive game, both teams trying to win the game. The first half, I think we played really well, second half not so well.

“But against a very tough team, Bournemouth here in Vitality Stadium is very tough, they have good players and Eddie [Howe] is doing a fantastic job.

“So happy with the performance of the boys in such a difficult space.

“When circumstances and incidents happen in the game, you cannot lose your focus. Until Bournemouth’s penalty, we were in the game. After that, we lose a little bit of composure and allow Bournemouth to control the game.

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“So this is the one aspect that we must work and improve.”

Wolves equally felt Bournemouth should have been reduced to 10 men after midfielder Jefferson Lerma escaped with a booking for elbowing Joao Moutinho.

“He is bleeding and in pain, he has some heavy bleeding in his mouth,” said Nuno.

“He was not happy at all and a short man angry is tough!”