Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves has fumed at the decision to play an additional nine minutes of time after Everton drew 1-1 at Molyneux on Saturday.
The Portuguese international claims that it ‘doesn’t make sense’, after he spoke to referee David Coote about it, and was told that the officials have been advised to play the exact amount of stoppage time for the final two games of the season.
Speaking with the Birmingham Mail following Saturday’s draw, Neves said: “The only thing I can say is the nine minutes [of stoppage time]. We never saw that during the season. I asked the ref why.
He told me the refs have been told to give exactly [the] time on the last two games. I don’t know why they haven’t been doing it all season and only in the last two games.
Maybe to be more competitive, to put a bit more adrenalin on the Premier League but that doesn’t make sense to me. If you want to do it for the last two games, you need to do it all season and not only in the last two games.”
Neves remarks will not bother relieved Everton fans
Everton found themselves a goal down after 34 minutes at Molyneux when Hwang Hee-Chan opened the scoring for the hosts.
The situation was compounded for Sean Dyche’s side as Dominic Calvert-Lewin had to withdraw soon after with a hamstring injury.
Everton fought hard for a leveller throughout the second half with an exceptional performance from Dwight McNeil as a makeshift left back, but it would take until the 99th minute for defender Yerry Mina to convert from close range after good work from Michael Keane inside the box.
The goal was an absolute lifeline for the Blues, as every point matters in the fight for Premier League survival.