It’s a bitter pill to swallow today
Burnley came home from Wolves with a point from a 1-1 draw with the Wolves equaliser coming from the penalty spot in the seventh minute of stoppage time and home boss Nuno Esperito Santo had praise for the Clarets after the game.
I’m sure he must have been relieved to get that point and he said afterwards: “It was a tough game. We knew it was going to be tough; Burnley is such a difficult team to play because they do things very well. They got the goal and they caused us many troubles today.
“They are so good at holding the play up with Wood and Barnes and expecting support from the midfield. When you are attacking and you get a counter attack like this, it’s tough. It’s a stressful game that required a lot of physicality from us, but they’re a fantastic team and it was tough for us today.”
“We got the reaction today, a good reaction, the fans felt the boys gave everything they had. The boys worked very hard. The way the boys fought, the way the boys gave everything they had, the patience that they had, when the are tired the best decisions are always difficult to make, but it’s something that we have to improve on, playing with tiredness and managing the game.”
Asked about VAR, he added: “I was thinking that I don’t want to listen to the stadium singing this song. It’s not good for football, for the atmosphere that we have, then I think about the penalty. In t those moments you don’t think about anything. You’re just waiting to see. The referee sees it, they have time to analyse it and we have to be supportive of that. It will take time for everybody; managers, players, fans, people at home, journalists, we’ve all got to get used to VAR and we must get used to it.”
“Everyone was talking about the tough start, but four points from the first three games is a good return, and it’s from three good performances as well. That’s really important because we are showing we are a group who are keen to get results in the Premier League. That’s going to be important as the season goes on.”
He added: “On reflection it could easily have been all three points. It was a very good performance and we opened them up enough times in the first half to be more than one goal up. I don’t think anyone could have argued if we’d been two or three up at the break.
“We expected a reaction after half time, of course, but I thought we calmed the game down before we just got a little bit camped in for the last 10 or 15 minutes. We had two or three counters in the second half though that we should have done better with and just couldn’t find that moment to seal the game.
“That leaves you wondering if there’s to be a final twist and unfortunately for us, there was. I think it’s a harsh penalty. I am a big believer in VAR, but Erik is going to clear the ball and their lad actually jumps in front of him. It’s clever, but Erik does catch him and I although I think there’s a strong chance that VAR overturns that, there was contact in the box and it’s a tough call.
“Today, we’ve just had to swallow one, but there were a lot of good things today. Sometimes a scoreline changes the feeling, but it shouldn’t in this case because that was a really strong performance.”Share this page :