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The four big decisions that have stung Wolves since Lopetegui came in

Wolves fans were over the moon when Julen Loeptegui came in at the start of November.

After an awful start to the season, the decision was made to sack Bruno Lage after a 2-0 defeat to West Ham United.

It took around a month to bring in a replacement, with Lopetegui thankfully the man to get the job in the end.

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And it’s been a good start for the Spaniard. He’s lifted Wolves up to 13th in the Premier League table after taking over when the team was bottom.

It course, it is still very tight, but the 56-year-old has done a great job so far.

There have been a lot of positives about Wolves under Lopetegui. But something that has really not been sitting well with Wolves fans since he took over is the number of big decisions that are going against his team.

It happened again this weekend, and here are the four huge decisions that have gone against Wanderers since the arrival of Lopetegui at Molineux.

Toti Gomes sees FA Cup goal against Liverpool disallowed

Wolves entered the final stages of their FA Cup clash with Liverpool at 2-2 and pushing for a goal.

And they thought they’d found a winner through Toti Gomes, who converted a cross from Hwang Hee-chan.

The goal looked perfectly good. But the linesmen then put his flag up for offside. Usually, they are told to keep their flags down for tight calls.

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It was felt corner-taker Matheus Nunes was in an offside position when the ball came back to him.

Unbelievably, Nunes’ position couldn’t actually be picked up by any cameras at Anfield.

So the referee’s on-field decision was upheld, the game finished 2-2, and Toti was robbed of his best moment in a Wolves shirt.

And of course, Wolves would go on to lose the replay at Molineux.

Matheus Nunes denied a penalty against Nottingham Forest

Just days later, Wolves were stung again by poor officiating in the Carabao Cup.

Matheus Nunes popped up in the Nottingham Forest penalty area and got to the ball first before Emmanuel Dennis.

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The Nigerian caught Nunes and the challenge even caused the player to lose his boot.

Unbelievably, no penalty was awarded and Wolves went on to lose to Forest on penalties.

Nunes was, of course, then booked by Graham Scott for his protestations.

Mario Lemina’s sending off against Southampton

This was one of the most bizarre things to happen in the Premier League this season.

Wolves midfielder Lemina had already picked up an early caution for a foul on Carlos Alcaraz.

Midway through the half, he had the ball and then had his shirt pulled. No free-kick.

Moments later, the ball went out of play and three Wolves players went over the referee Jarred Gillett to remonstrate.

For some absolutely unfathomable reason, Gillett gave Lemina a second booking.

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Ruben Neves, one of the players present, said after the game that Gillett had said he booked Lemina for being the third player to come over.

Supposedly he didn’t even say anything, and Gillett even had his back to Lemina. He turned round and instantly brandished the second yellow.

Most annoyingly, this is something that has not been seen in other games since. Ruben Dias of Manchester City got a booking in similar fashion. But that has been the only other case. It is an absolute joke.

Somehow, Wolves were actually still able to come from 1-0 down to win 2-1.

But ultimately Wanderers were still stung by the decision. Because Lemina was then unavailable to face Bournemouth the following weekend, whom Wolves lost against. His absence was really felt.

No penalty given after Nick Pope takes out Raul Jimenez

In Wolves’ latest game against Newcastle United, Nick Pope took down Raul Jimenez in the penalty area after a heavy touch invited the striker to press.

Jimenez got to the ball and was then body-checked by the goalkeeper.

Referee Andy Madley was very far away from the incident because the ball had been in Wolves’ box just moments before.

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Shockingly, VAR did not instruct Madley to look at the incident again via the pitch-side monitor.

For some reason, they upheld his decision. That was the decision he made from around 50 yards away.

It should have been a penalty and a straight red card for Pope.

Wolves ultimately lost the game 2-1, playing poorly. But the entire match could have been different had that decision gone Wolves’ way.

Wolves have had atrocious luck with refereeing decisions this season, it’s not good enough

These are just the decisions that have gone against Wolves since Lopetegui came on the scene.

But there have been other bad calls, such as the challenge by Willian Saliba on Goncalo Guedes when Wolves and Arsenal played back in November. Lopetegui was actually in the stands, ahead of officially starting as Wolves boss, to see that incident unfold.

It is madness, and also very tiresome, that Wolves seem to keep coming unstuck as a result of refereeing incompetence.

They say everything evens out over the course of the season. If that’s true, then Wolves fans can look forward to everything changing in a big way very soon. Most won’t hold their breath though.