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Doherty is on wrong side of harsh VAR call as Wolves' Euro hopes dented

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Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo. Photo: Reuters

Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo. Photo: Reuters

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Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo. Photo: Reuters

With survival ensured before Project Restart, Burnley have done a fine job upsetting opponents who have everything to play for. Wolves were their latest victims, with Chris Wood's last-gasp drama denting their Champions League hopes.

Nuno Espirito Santo's team looked like they had moved within a point of the top-four when Raul Jimenez's beautiful volley found the top corner but conceding late means they will be out of the running should Manchester United and Leicester win tonight.

Wood had an eventful stoppage-time, missing an open goal with a header before helping earn an equalising penalty when he was challenged by Matt Doherty, whose arm brushed the ball and was deemed a spot-kick under new handball rules.

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Wolves' Diogo Jota keeps possession ahead of Burnley's Ashley Westwood. Photo: Reuters

Wolves' Diogo Jota keeps possession ahead of Burnley's Ashley Westwood. Photo: Reuters

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Wolves' Diogo Jota keeps possession ahead of Burnley's Ashley Westwood. Photo: Reuters

 

"We managed the game, then after that you have to look whether you get the justice and in the game sometimes that doesn't exist," said Espirito Santo. "It's always hard to take when you concede a goal and when it is in the final moments it is even harder."

Wolves' season has lost its momentum in the last 10 days after returning from the break, with a good chance of snatching a place in the top four now almost gone.

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They have failed to win in three of their last four games and their best chance of reaching the Champions League will be to win the Europa League.

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Burnley's James Tarkowski brings the ball down in front of Wolves' Daniel Podence. Photo: Reuters

Burnley's James Tarkowski brings the ball down in front of Wolves' Daniel Podence. Photo: Reuters

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Burnley's James Tarkowski brings the ball down in front of Wolves' Daniel Podence. Photo: Reuters

 

Despite injuries and players leaving the club with expired contracts, Burnley have now beaten Watford and West Ham to have a say on the relegation battle. Sheffield United and Wolves have dropped points against them in the race for Europe.

Sean Dyche is poised for a top-half finish and considering the obstacles he faced it's a huge achievement.

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Burnley's Dwight McNeil in action with Wolves' Adama Traore. Photo: Reuters

Burnley's Dwight McNeil in action with Wolves' Adama Traore. Photo: Reuters

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Burnley's Dwight McNeil in action with Wolves' Adama Traore. Photo: Reuters

 

Jimenez found the net with 14 minutes remaining. The move started with Adama Traore riding challenges in his own half and carrying the ball forward. Doherty, on as a substitute, had an effort blocked by James Tarkowski but it fell to Jimenez to lash into the top corner.

Burnley could have levelled in stoppage time when Matej Vydra nodded to Wood and he headed wide in front of an open goal. But Wood's attempted overhead kick, from Phil Bardsley's nod down, saw the ball strike Doherty's arm for the penalty. The New Zealand striker found the top corner for his 12th of the season.

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