Nuno Espirito Santo bemoaned the decision to disallow Raul Jimenez’s first half goal against Tottenham Hotspur.
The Wolverhampton Wanderers head coach was left licking his wounds after seeing his troops fall to a third straight defeat as Spurs ran out 3-2 victors at Molineux.
Ruben Neves and Jimenez slotted home late penalties but the damage had already been done through Erik Lamela, Lucas Moura and England captain Harry Kane.
But it was a first half decision from assistant referee Mark Scholes which irked Nuno and the 30,000 plus Wolves fans inside Molineux.
After a neat interchange between Matt Doherty and Joao Moutinho the Irish wing-back teed up Jimenez to fire past Hugo Lloris and reduce the deficit to 2-1 on the stroke of half time.
But Mexico international Jimenez saw his celebrations cut short with Scholes holding his flag aloft on the far side.
Referee Mike Dean agreed with his assistant and Spurs were let off the hook, much to Nuno’s annoyance.
The head coach said: “I saw it – we all saw it. It’s an incorrect decision from the referee. He has a tough job, we know how it is.
“That goal can change everything. We cannot hold onto that. What is more important is the spirit of the fans – who knew the goal was correct. They kept pushing the team.
“The spirit of the boys and still believing three goals down we could do it. Everybody felt it – anything can happen.
“We were not rewarded with the points, but we go with our heads high.”
Nuno is, however, concerned by the number of goals Wolves shipped. Lamela and Moura struck within minutes of each other in the first half before Kane pounced to seal the points in the 61st minute.
But he will not deviate from the philosophy which has brought Wolves so much success.
A defiant Nuno said: “I will not ever change my principles. I will not do it. We have a ‘how’. This is the most important thing we have.”
Source : BirminghamMail