Kilman | 'I’ve never seen anything like it'

Although left dumfounded by having his injury time equaliser against West Ham United ruled out by VAR, Maximilian Kilman insists Wolves should have done much better in the second half of the defeat.

Having dominated the opening 45 minutes, West Ham claimed all three points when they turned the game on its head after the break, with Kilman handling the ball in the Wolves box to give the Hammers a lifeline. After going into 10 minutes of added time behind, the captain found the net through a header, but Tawanda Chirewa was adjudged to have been interfering with the goalkeeper’ vision – a decision Kilman admits he has never seen before.

On seeing his goal ruled out by VAR

“To be honest, I’ve never seen anything like it. I haven’t watched it back, but it was a clear header.

“It was such a point-blank header that the keeper wasn’t stopping it regardless, so there was nothing you can really do.

“But I’ve never seen a moment happen like this before, so we are all absolutely gutted. We deserved something from that game.”

On falling short against the Hammers

“We were dominant in the first-half but we knew that in the second half there would be a completely different team coming out for West Ham. We didn’t keep the ball and keep possession like we did in the first half and they took their chances.

“But we should never have let that happen in the first place. But it was really tough to take how it ended today.

On the second-half performance

“We knew West Ham were going to have to try something different and they did. But we should have been better, much better, at counter-acting that, we should have defended a bit better and kept the ball better in the higher areas and try to go forward more.

“But we didn’t do that in the second half and we were unfortunate today.”

On having to get through a difficult spell

“Of course it’s tough, and we haven’t won the last few games, but we’ve still got great players. We’ve got a few injuries but we’ve got a really good group together and we need to stay together.

“We’ve still got a lot of games to go to get a few results and finish as high up the table as we can.”