Wolves accused of 'bad sportsmanship'

By Tim Spiers | Wolves | Published: | Last Updated:

Bristol City assistant boss Jamie McAllister accused Wolves of 'bad sportsmanship' after a tempestuous encounter at Molineux.

Wolves and Bristol City shared the spoils at Molineux (© AMA / Sam Bagnall)

Tempers were raised during a 3-3 thriller in which the Robins were awarded a penalty and Wolves were denied one when Bailey Wright clashed with Danny Batth.

Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo had a row with Bristol City defender Aden Flint during the game and referee Stephen Martin took both managers to one side for a mid-game talking-to.

McAllister shrugged off the touchline antics as 'passion' but did feel aggrieved at Wolves not putting the ball out of play after a late injury to a Wolves man – and felt the home side were earlier too concerned with Batth not being awarded a penalty instead of worrying about Wright possibly being injured.

"At the end we’ve got the ball, and their player’s down and they don’t give us it back, which I think is bad sportsmanship," McAllister said.

"It was spilling over to the sidelines with the coaches and staff but it’s just passion and the will to win.

“There was nothing in it really. I just felt aggrieved when Bailey went up and got a head knock and they’re all shouting for a penalty when you can see on the video that Bailey wins the header.

"The boy comes into him and we're concerned about our player down injured and they’re worried about a penalty, which I thought was poor.”


McAllister also said there was some jostling with the Wolves backroom staff in the closing minutes.

“Yeah, I just kept my calm and pushed his arm away," he added. "He was in my face but nothing ever happens. Nobody’s going to throw any punches, never happens. Same as on the football pitch – players go head to head but nothing really happens."

“I thought there was a real resilience tonight in the lads. There was some real tired legs out there in the lads. Four points from two games has been brilliant. We just want to build on that now. It shows real character and spirit in the team.”

Bristol City's past two visits to Molineux had ended in acrimonious circumstances.

Boss Lee Johnson was furious with Batth in 2016 for not putting the ball out a minute before Wolves scored a late winner in a 2-1 victory

And last season when Wolves won a thriller 3-2 the Robins chief stormed onto the pitch at full time to confront the assistant referee when he felt Flint's last-gasp header had crossed the line.

Tim Spiers

By Tim Spiers

Writes about Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club for a living


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