There were calls for Chelsea to have gotten a penalty in the 1-1 draw against Wolves which were dismissed by referee Michael Oliver.
Oliver waved away appeals for a penalty when the ball struck the arm of Raul Jimenez, but he whistled for a similar infringement when Diogo Jota controlled the ball with his hand in the Chelsea half.
Wolves managed a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge as they frustrated Chelsea on Sunday. A penalty in that game would have ensured Chelsea got the much desired three points needed to keep pace with top four.
Appearing as a pundit on BeIN Sports, former England boss Sam Allardyce has blasted referee Michael Oliver’s decision for not awarding Chelsea a penalty after Wolves forward Raul Jimenez handled the ball inside his own penalty area on Sunday.
Allardyce insisted that the referee showed a lack of consistency for two handball decisions in the first half.
“Perhaps we wouldn’t be talking about this as much if he had given the one the other way but because he has given that, he’s made himself look foolish in terms of his judgment,” said Allardyce.
“The referees are always going on about how you can’t talk about inconsistency if it’s one referee in one game and another referee in another game but this is the same referee in the same game, having virtually an identical incident and having two different decisions.”
Chelsea then conceded courtesy of the same person in the second-half as Raul Jimenez broke the deadlock on 56 minutes following a rapid Wolves counter-attack that took a deflection off Cesar Azpilicueta to go past Kepa Arrizabalaga.
Eden Hazard curled the ball in from the edge of the area in injury time to earn Chelsea a point.
Maurizio Sarri was disappointed with the result at the end of the game and revealed that Wolves were lucky to get a point while also urging his players to move the ball faster.
“We were unlucky because we conceded a goal in the first situation inside our box, the first and last in 90 minutes,” the Italian said. “We were unlucky for that but at the other end we need to improve in attack.
“[Wolves] defended in the last 20 metres with 11 players. We needed to move the ball faster, more movement without the ball, more movement into space, behind the line, and we played with five touches, so if there are no spaces it’s very difficult to score with five or six touches against a very physical team with 11 players in the last 20 metres. We need to improve in this kind of situation.”