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Micah Richards and Gary Lineker suggest Mitrovic was lucky not to be sent off against Wolves

Wolves picked up their first point of the 2022/23 Premier League season yesterday, drawing 0-0 with Fulham.

Wanderers produced a disappointing performance at Molineux on the whole.

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Bruno Lage’s side managed just one shot on target, and the need for an out-and-out striker was once again laid bare.

Hwang Hee-chan led the line again, but the South Korea struggled this weekend.

He was eventually replaced by new signing Goncalo Guedes, who looked lively but couldn’t help Wolves break the deadlock.

The visitors did not really offer much in the game, so it was a big opportunity missed for Wolves.

Towards the end of the game, it was evident that the Wolves players were frustrated.

Fulham had made number of fouls to break up the game, and one very cynical one went in from Cottagers striker Aleksandar Mitrovic on Morgan Gibbs-White.

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The 22-year-old was streaking away, and the Serbia international – who had just seen a penalty saved by Jose Sa – hacked him down long after the ball had gone.

Gibbs-White got up and reacted furiously, with the two players putting their heads together.

The skirmish resulted in referee John Brooks dishing out a yellow card each, but last night on Match of the Day, Micah Richards and Gary Lineker suggested there could have been a worse punishment for the Fulham man.

Richards said: “He just got frustrated (after the penalty miss). He comes back here, and it’s a bad tackle that. He could have got a yellow card for that, and then he could have got a yellow card for the afters as well.

Lineker added: “Or even a red. Very lucky to have avoided a red in total that’s for sure”.

“Exactly that,” Richards said.

Mitrovic a lucky man following Gibbs-White tangle

Mitrovic could easily have been dismissed following that tangle with Gibbs-White.

The striker can clearly be seen pushing his head into Gibbs-White. There was no ‘butt’, but other officials may not have been so kind.

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It’s hard to see how he didn’t pick up two yellow cards across the whole incident, given the initial tackle was extremely cynical.

Luckily the incident took place close to the end of the game, and there wasn’t enough time for Wolves to lose their cool as a result.

It doesn’t change the fact this was a missed opportunity for Lage’s side though.