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Wolves v Sheff Wed reaction

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Sat, 29 Sep 2012 19:10:00

Sheffield Wednesday manager Dave Jones hit out at referee Simon Hooper after his side slipped to a 1-0 Championship defeat at Wolves.

Jones was unhappy that match-winner Bakary Sako got a second chance to take the free-kick that earned Wolves their fourth straight victory and the fact that Wednesday did not get a second-minute penalty when Michail Antonio was sent tumbling by Stephen Ward.

Sako attempted to take the 43rd-minute free-kick quickly and that saw him booked by Hooper as his shot flew wide.

But Sako also got a second chance and this time he was on target, with his low drive whistling past the Wednesday goalkeeper Chris Kirkland for the only goal of the game.

Former Wolves boss Jones said: "You need a bit of help along the way and the match hinged on two decisions.

"In my book the referee cocked both of them up. He has got to give a penalty. It is a clear-cut penalty. Antonio was clipped.

"As for the free-kick, the referee told me that he did tell the player to wait for the whistle and if he did then he made the right decision.

"But I have watched the video over and over again and I didn't see it. If he told the lad to wait for the whistle why did he do it?

"The rules say that if the referee has told him to wait for the whistle then he gets a second chance. I am debating whether he was told to wait for the whistle. My players didn't hear it.

"I think he (the referee) was too busy arguing with the wall to get it back.

"We feel hard done by and Wolves should feel lucky they came away with three points."

The defeat left Wednesday level on seven points with Millwall, one above second-bottom Ipswich, and they have now lost their last six league and cup matches since seeing their 19-match unbeaten run come to an end.

Jones said: "At the moment the players feel everything they do is going against

them.

"We created good chances against a good team but when things aren't going well people tend to snatch at things, We just have to keep going

and relax a bit more in front of goal."

Wolves boss Stale Solbakken had a different view to Jones on Sako's

free-kick and he felt that Hooper made the right decision.

Solbakken said: "That is a clear one. The referee says 'I have to

blow the whistle'. That is why he gets the yellow card and the referee does everything right. He got that spot on - first the yellow and the goal."

Solbakken also disputed Jones' claims that Wolves were lucky to

win.

"He has seen another game to me," added Solbakken. "We were by far the best team. They did not have one chance all game.

"We controlled the game for long, long periods and should have made more of the possession. But it was a well-deserved victory."

Sako's goal was his third since his arrival from St Etienne and Solbakken said of the Frenchman: "He has got a deadly left foot and he can change a game in a split second. That is a trademark of good players.

"His set-piece delivery is one of his biggest strengths.

"Sako can give a lot of assists and also score some goals for us."

Wolves have now surged to fourth in the Championship, but Solbakken said: "I have not looked at the table. I think we can wait a little

bit to look at the table.

"I think we can beat anyone, but we can also lose to anyone.

"It is very, very even in the league and very small margins."

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