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Wolves assistant coach Tony Roberts branded Romelu Lukaku ‘a big lump’ affter the Chelsea striker won a controversial penalty during Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Stamford Bridge.
The Blues’ club-record signing was afforded a rare start by Thomas Tuchel after he was left marooned on the substitutes’ bench during last weekend’s defeat at Everton.
Lukaku rewarded his manager’s faith with his first Premier League goals since December, the second of which came from the penalty spot after the VAR had adjudged he had been brought down by Roman Saiss.
‘He’s a big lump, isn’t he?; said Roberts who took the post-match press conference in the absence of the Covid-stricken Bruno Lage. ;So, for him to go down, I’m not sure.’
Wolves, however, rallied and produced a stunning response, scoring twice in the final 11 minutes with Conor Coady pouncing with virtually the last act of the match to secure an unlikely point and stun Chelsea new owner Todd Boehly who was watching from the stands.
‘Incredible feeling to do it in front of our away fans and I thought we deserved more,’ said the Wolves skipper after his late intervention. ‘To come back like that shows the character of the team and to score in front of the away fans like that was a special feeling.
‘We’ve had a few weeks where we’ve not been good enough. I thought we could have maybe nicked it but to come away with a point was good.’
‘We had character, discipline and were compact. We love playing for our football club every single day so it was more about performance – we’ve spoken about that. It was important we looked at ourselves.
‘It hurts players and we’re human beings so you don’t like to hear that [people saying Wolves won’t get European football] but we looked at our performances and they weren’t good enough so we can understand people’s opinions.’
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