Wolves slipped to another defeat in the Premier League yesterday against Manchester City in controversial fashion, with Raul Jimenez getting a red card.

Bruno Lage’s side lost 1-0 at the Etihad Stadium.

A Raheem Sterling penalty decided the game which was very stop-start, particularly in the first-half.


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As was the case last weekend against Liverpool, Wolves put in a really big defensive effort.

The three central defenders were again fantastic, as was Jose Sa in goal.

But it wasn’t to be for Wolves, who were on the end of two really controversial decisions.

In added time in the first-half, Raul Jimenez was sent off after picking up two yellow cards in the space of 30 seconds.

The Mexican fouled Rodri, and then stood in front of the ball to block the free-kick.

In the second-half, Joao Moutinho was adjudged to have handled the ball in the penalty area. Replays showed the ball hit him in the ribcage.

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On Match of the Day last night, Alan Shearer was appalled at the decisions.

He said: “I thought Jon Moss had a really poor game.

“This (Jimenez foul) for me was never, ever a yellow card. But, once he had shown the yellow card, there’s no way Jimenez… that is madness, it’s stupidity. He knows he’s on a yellow card, he’s got to get away from that situation.”

On the penalty against Moutinho, Shearer was in agreement with Martin Keown, adding: “It should never, ever in a million years be a penalty. That’s what your VAR is there for. It’s a clear and obvious error, it’s hit under his armpit.

Wolves hard done by with Raul Jimenez red card decision and penalty award for Manchester City

Shearer’s comments are fair enough.

Jimenez should not have been booked initially, but it was a moment of madness from the Mexican to block the free-kick.

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The penalty decision against Moutinho was seriously poor.

Moss not going to the pitchside monitor as well made the whole situation even worse.

The players will likely be feeling bitterly disappointed after another hard-fought defeat, and the decisions yesterday will be hard to stomach.

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