Conor Coady admits everyone in the Wolves changing room is ‘desperately disappointed’ to be the victims of a contentious penalty decision which decided the outcome against Manchester City.
Referee Jon Moss adjudged Joao Moutinho to have handled the ball in the penalty area, although replays show the ball struck the midfielder on the side, although following a lengthy VAR review, the decision was made to award the penalty which was dispatched by Raheem Sterling.
But Coady was left feeling aggrieved that the result came down to the controversial decision, which left Wolves having fallen to heart-breaking defeats against both Liverpool and City – sides the Wolves skipper believes are the two best teams in football.
On a ‘backs against the wall’ performance
“It was always going to be. We knew how hard it is coming here, we knew they were going to have a lot of the ball, we knew they were going to dictate possession, and it was up to us to stick to our way of playing; be structured, be organised, be compact, reduce them to limited chances and I thought we did that, even with 10-men.
“I don’t know whether it was a penalty or not. I’ve been told from our end that it was probably not, but for the game to be called on a decision like that, we’re desperately disappointed.
“We’ve given everything again. We’ve had two weeks on the spin against the Premier League’s best – the two best teams in the land at the minute – and we’ve come away with nothing despite digging in and giving everything, so we’re massively disappointed.”
On Jimenez’s sending off
“Only Raul can tell you. We’re behind him 100 per cent and whatever happens on the pitch, it happens, and we move on together as a team.
“We did everything to stay in the game and we did everything to try and get something out of the game, and I thought we did really well, about being together, being compact and being organised.
“Raul can tell you about what went on, but we’re behind him 100 per cent and we move on to the next one now.”
On the penalty decision
“For me, it wasn’t a pen. Usually, you can tell. I get on with the referees really well, all of them, I get on with them really well and haven’t got a bad word to say about them, but sometimes you can see from the players’ reaction.
“You tend to look and think, ‘Oh hang on, that looks a bit dodgy, that one there.’ I think you can really tell by his reaction that he was raging in the fact it got given.
“I’ve not seen it back, I’ve come straight here, but I’ve been told it wasn’t, and for a game like this, of this magnitude, against this sort of team, to be decided on a contentious decision is massively disappointing, from our point of view.
“But we’ve given everything, and we’ll take that confidence into the next one at Brighton.”
On Kilman’s late header
“It’s all about staying in it, staying in the game as long as possible and one chance will come. Maxy’s been outstanding, he’s fantastic, a brilliant person, and he was unluck with the header.
“We started to come into it and we got some belief a little bit towards the end, but it’s massively disappointing to speak to you off the back of a contentious decision.”
On heading to Brighton in midweek
“We go with confidence from the last two games. We’ve given probably the two best teams in the land at the minute two really good games and conceded just two goals.
“Two really tough goals to take – one in the 94th minute and a contentious penalty – against two of the best teams. We’ll take confidence, but we know we have to start picking up wins and picking up results as soon as possible.”