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Lopetegui says Wolves should have had penalty for foul on Matheus Nunes

Julen Lopetegui has said Wolves should have had a penalty for a foul on Matheus Nunes in the second-half of last night’s Carabao Cup quarter-final with Nottingham Forest.

Wolves went out of the competition after losing on penalties.

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The game finished 1-1 at the City Ground, with Raul Jimenez equalising after Willy Boly’s opener for the hosts.

Joe Hodge would then see Wolves’ fifth penalty of the shootout saved.

The game might not have gone to a penalty shootout had one controversial decision gone Wolves’ way.

Emmanuel Dennis appeared to trip Nunes in the box, and the player even lost his boot from the challenge.

Ruben Neves grabbed the boot and remonstrated with Graham Scott, but it was no use.

After the game, Lopetegui raged (via Liam Keen): “We’re disappointed. We fought a lot and we had more chances, but we didn’t score. It was a very clear penalty (on Nunes), we have seen the images. The referee is the only one with the power to say yes, and it was very clear.

“I don’t want to take advantage, I just want the decision. We are unlucky and it will balance in the rest of the season.”

It is yet another controversy for Wolves, following the Liverpool game on Saturday.

Wolves stung by another awful refereeing decision, as Lopetegui fumes over Matheus Nunes incident

It is extremely frustrating that Wolves have been on the receiving end of yet another bad refereeing decision.

Nunes was clearly tripped. The midfielder probably only didn’t get the decision because of the way he went down.

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Ultimately though, Wolves were poor against Forest.

The focus now needs to be on improving ahead of this weekend’s game with West Ham United.