‘Little bit soft’ – Fulham boss makes penalty admission after Wolves win

Marco Silva felt that two of the three penalties awarded in Fulham’s 3-2 win against Wolves were “a little bit soft”.

Referee Michael Salisbury pointed to the spot three times in the second half of the game, allowing Willian to slot home twice from 12 yards to ensure Hwang Hee-Chan’s equaliser counted for nothing.

The two decisions that Silva felt were marginal saw Tom Cairney awarded a foul after being tripped in the Wolves before Tim Ream knocked over Hwang as he made his way towards goal.

Fulham eventually won the game after VAR intervened to award Harry Wilson a spot-kick when he was adjudged to have been fouled by Joao Gomes.

“The only clear penalty is the second [Fulham] one,” said Silva. “It was a clear foul on Harry Wilson by the Wolves player.

“The first for us and the one for them is a little bit soft.

“I didn’t see all of the images. VAR have all of the technology to decide.

“The only penalty that the referee didn’t see was the clearest one. VAR had to help on that one.”

Silva added that he did not see a second-half incident involving Carlos Vinicius in which the striker received only a yellow card after moving his head towards Wolves defender Max Kilman.

Wolves boss Gary O’Neill claimed post-match that Salisbury told him he would have liked to have been sent to the video review screen to take a second look at the penalty awarded to Cairney.

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