Rafa Benitez was annoyed at his press conference after the game and said that in England they don’t know the rules and don’t protect the goalkeepers.
Rafa was rightly frustrated that we conceded the equalizer at the very end of the game and it was another dodgy goal having defended very well in this game.
But we have lost 2 points – 2 valuable points in the second season running we are fighting against relegation.
But after all, this is a club owned by Mike Ashley so we cannot expect much else.
That statement is true if damning and based on the facts after his awful 12 years at the club.
Martin Dubravka had failed to collect a high ball at the far post, and he should have punched the ball away for the win.
Captain Lascelles was infuriated with the goalkeeper after conceding and it was heartbreaking.
This is what Rafa said after the game after Boly had equalized on 95 minutes:
“I think we have to be really disappointed with the way we conceded in both games against this team.”
“We conceded twice against them in the last minute now.”
“This after an elbow in the face of one of my players and a penalty not given.”
“We can analyze the way we conceded but I’m really disappointed to do it this way but it is against a good team to be fair.”
“Yes (there was a hand in Dubravka’s face for the goal), and maybe a foul on Almiron before.
“It was also 94 minutes (after four mins of stoppage time).” “You can say many things but like the first game we can’t change that.”
“In England, they don’t understand the rules so you can say whatever you want to say.”
“We can only say we were winning 1-0 against a good team, that we should have had three points but we didn’t do it.”
“They we’re pushing, we could do better. Just punch the ball and finish.”
“We had to be strong enough defending the cross.” “These kinds of balls you can do a little bit better, punch the ball.”
“That’s it.” “It was not very clear watching the replay.” “It is something we have to defend better.”
“We know it is England and people will come to the keeper.”
“I was not happy with some decisions from the referee, but overall he was fine.”
It’s the second last-minute goal we have conceded against Wolves this season as they scored late in stoppage time at St. James Park in December to win 2-1.
That was after Perez had been left in their penalty area with a broken nose and no foul given by the referee.
These are difficult results to take, but we must move forward.