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Dendoncker shocked VAR even checked Wolves goal – but admits decision was right

Wolves midfielder Leander Dendoncker admitted seeing his goal chalked off at Leicester was hard to take but he accepts the new rules.

The Belgium international thought he had put Nuno Espirito Santo’s side ahead at the King Power Stadium after he fired home from eight yards, but his initial header hit the arm of the unsighted Willy Boly beforehand, rendering it void under new rules brought in this season which state goals cannot be allowed after a handball in the build-up.

We fought really hard to keep a clean sheet, and then we managed to score, but it got cancelled by the new rules,” Dendoncker told wolves.co.uk “That’s hard to take, but new rules are new rules.”

Dendoncker was shocked to see the new technology even checking the validity of his strike. “I was surprised that the VAR was checking it,” he said. “I didn’t know what happened – apparently Boly touched it with his shoulder – because I’ve seen the images. So it’s a pity, but what can we do?”

Once it became clear VAR was checkng his goal, Dendoncker admitted he felt it might be disallowed. “You then see on the screen that VAR is checking, and it takes longer and longer,” he said. “I thought ‘this is not good’ and then the referee cancelled it, so yeah, too bad. I think we were in the game at that moment. Diogo and Raul just had a big chance before it and then you score, and you have the feeling.”

Dendoncker felt Wolves were always in the game but admitted they can improve. “We were not bad at all – we worked a lot and we defended really well,” he added. “I don’t think they’ve been really dangerous even though they’ve had more of the ball. But I think we can always do better, and we will just keep on working hard and try to win games.

Especially after the goal we made, it was not an easy game. In the first half, we started well, but after the first 10 minutes I think Leicester had more of the ball.

They were not really dangerous, but they had more of the ball, and we started the second half really well. We had chances where we could have scored – Raul and Diogo had opportunities.”