Angry Wolves coach calls Romelu Lukaku a 'big lump' and slams Chelsea star for soft penalty in thrilling 2-2 draw
WOLVES coach Tony Roberts labelled Romelu Lukaku a 'big lump' as he questioned how the Chelsea striker won a penalty in a dramatic 2-2 draw.
Goalkeeping trainer Roberts – standing in as manager Bruno Lage had Covid – suggested Lukaku fell too easily for such a powerful player.
Watched by incoming Chelsea owner Todd Boehly, the recalled Belgian tucked in the spot-kick opener himself and soon doubled the Blues' lead.
But Wolves sub Francisco Trincao netted a spectacular reply and visitors' skipper Conor Coady headed the leveller seven minutes into stoppage time.
Roberts' delight over a 'well deserved' comeback point was offset, however, by his penalty gripe.
Lukaku was growing into the game when he bustled and muscled past Roman Saiss on 56 minutes.
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And the defender brought down the ex-Inter Milan hero with a clumsy challenge.
Referee Peter Banks at first gave nothing but awarded a spot-kick after being advised to check video replays.
Roberts said of Lukaku's input: "He's a big lump, isn't he. So for him to go down, I'm not sure."
The Welshman added: "We came back to get the point but we're disappointed we didn't win it.
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"We had opportunities from set-pieces in the first half but this group has great spirit so to come from 2-0 down here – what a result.
"We well deserved the point.
"Bruno Lage was in touch and we had a chat at half time over Zoom.
"He is very happy as you can imagine but also disappointed we didn't get the three points."
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