Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Gary O’Neil appeals during the Premier League match at Craven Cottage (Zac Goodwin/PA) (PA Wire)
Gary O’Neil asked “what is the point in VAR?” after his Wolves side conceded a controversial late penalty during a 3-2 defeat at Craven Cottage.
VAR sent referee Michael Salisbury to the screen to award a penalty after Joao Gomes brought Harry Wilson down in the box, Willian scoring his second spot kick of the game to seal all three points for Fulham.
O’Neil highlighted the decisions involving the late penalty, Carlos Vinicius’ alleged headbutt on Max Kilman and why Tim Ream did not receive a second yellow for a foul on Hwang Hee-Chan.
The Wolves boss criticised the decisions during the game and believes VAR has not helped the referee.
I think the ref would have done a better job on his own. I don’t think VAR helped him but in fact it hindered him
O’Neil said: “I don’t think it’s helped the game,
“I think the ref would have done a better job on his own. I don’t think VAR helped him but in fact it hindered him.
“Sending him to the screen for one and not to the other, not advising him there is a headbutt or that Tim Ream should receive a red card. What is the point in VAR?
“They said they got the Harry Wilson one right (last penalty decision). There’s minimal contact and I don’t think there’s enough.”
O’Neil, who spoke to the referee after the match, also felt aggrieved about Fulham’s first penalty awarded for a foul by Nelson Semedo on Tom Cairney.
He told Sky Sports: “Nelson plays the ball, doesn’t touch Tom Cairney. I watched it back with the referee, and to be fair to him he says he thinks they’ve got that wrong and he should have been sent to the monitor.”
Fulham boss Marco Silva lauded his side’s mentality to end a run of four games without a win and to go ahead in the game on three separate occasions.
He said: “We knew Wolves would show resilience tonight again and they brought it back twice and we showed team spirit and I really believed we deserved three points.
“It is important to express ourselves on the pitch. We had some very good spells in some times in the game.
“But the mentality, team spirit and it was a game we had to win and we did it.”
Willian scored his second and third of the season from the spot and Silva praised the experienced 35-year-old.
“He is really important for us and we know the quality of Willian,” Silva added.
“My decision last season to change the taker because he is a player who needs more importance and confidence and it was nice to see him take responsibility with two very good moments from him.
“Overall his performance was very good. Two chances he must score and he did it in very good style, I must say.”News Related