Wolves beat FC Pyunik on Thursday night, but some fans weren’t happy with Ruben Neves taking a penalty instead of Patrick Cutrone.
The 4-0 hammering is Wolves’ biggest win yet in a European competition, and it means Nuno’s men are likely to face Torino in the final qualifying round of the Europa League.
Yet there are still some members of the pack who have mistakenly criticised Nuno’s management.
Why Nuno was right to not let Patrick Cutrone take the penalty against FC Pyunik
Patrick Cutrone came on for Matt Doherty and won a penalty in the first minute of extra time. However, it was instead Ruben Neves who slotted home Wolves’ fourth and final goal.
Some fans on Twitter perceived this as poor management for not allowing Cutrone to score on his debut (HITC).
The Molineux faithful who dared disagree with Dr. Nuno justified their rebellious viewpoint by saying that a goal would’ve boosted Cutrone’s confidence. Yet this is a feeble and silly justification with zero merit.
Cutrone didn’t lack any confidence when he came on the pitch and played alongside Wolves’ number 9 Raul Jimenez. And a goal from the penalty spot against a poor Armenian side wouldn’t suddenly turn him into a trailblazer.
Moreover, Ruben Neves and Raul Jimenez are Wolves’ designated penalty shooters. It would’ve sent the wrong message if Cutrone had taken the kick.
Cutrone taking the penalty would’ve implied that Wolves no longer needed to be organised, and this would have been a slap in the face to Nuno’s philosophy about every match being competitive and important.
Yes, the tie may have been already been dead and buried at 3-0, but the manager and players could not – and cannot ever – afford to have that viewpoint as it’s not a mentality for serial winners.