Benitez unhappy with ref as Magpies denied precious win
Rafa Benitez questioned referee Graham Scott after Wolves’ controversial late equaliser denied Newcastle all three points.
Willy Boly’s injury-time header earned a 1-1 draw at Molineux after Isaac Hayden’s second-half opener, but Benitez thinks it should not have been allowed to stand.
The defender challenged Toon goalkeeper Martin Dubravka from Adama Traore’s looping cross to nod in from a yard out.
It denied the Magpies a precious victory in their fight against relegation and they remain just a point above the Premier League drop zone.
It was the second time Newcastle had conceded an injury time goal to Wolves after Matt Doherty’s winner in December, and Benitez was not happy.
The Spaniard said: ‘In England they don’t understand the rules.
I can say many things but it will not change anything.
‘I didn’t like the challenge at the end.
You have to protect the keeper.
We have been here for years and it’s still very difficult to explain that.
‘Maybe it’s a foul before on (Miguel) Almiron too, you can say many things but it won’t change what happened, like in the first game.
‘It is a bad way to concede.
We had one more point but it is a pity because we could have had three.
‘You can analyse it but I’m really disappointed to concede this way against a good team.’