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July 24, 2024

EPL: We helped them – Wolves manager O’Neil speaks on 5-1 defeat to Man City

Wolves manager Gary O’Neil has hit out at his players for making it “easy” for Manchester City in their 5-1 defeat on Saturday.

Erling Haaland scored four times for the Premier League champions, with two coming from the penalty spot.

Substitute Julian Alvarez came on to replace Haaland and got on the scoresheet.

O’Neil, who watched the game from the stands, told BBC’s Match of the Day: “We helped them; we did help them. They are obviously an incredible side and they punished us for our mistakes, but some of our mistakes were terrible.

“A couple of ridiculous turnovers for the ball, like really bad that cost us and the first goal. The officials don’t make any difference to the result today, but I don’t agree with the awarding of the first penalty.

“I thought it was a pretty bad decision. You see them coming together like that all of the time. I think Gvardiol’s motion and follow-through created the contact as much as Rayan. I’m not sure what Rayan is meant to do; you can’t disappear at that moment.

“I was disappointed with the awarding of the first one, but then more disappointed with sort of the mistakes my own team made. We just made it a bit too easy for Manchester City.”

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