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EPL Wrap: Wolves manager Nuno Espirito slams referee after 2-1 loss to Burnley, Chelsea beat West Ham 3-0

Nuno said Mason “does not have the quality to whistle a game in the Premier League” after seeing his team sunk by close-range goals by Burnley strikers Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood. Fabio Silva replied for Wolves with an 89th-minute penalty.

By: AP | Updated: December 22, 2020 9:20:26 am
Nuno EspiritoWolverhampton Wanderers' head coach Nuno Espirito Santo reacts during the English Premier League match between Burnley and Wolverhampton Wanderers at the Turf Moor stadium in Burnley, England, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. (Peter Powell/Pool via AP)

Wolverhampton manager Nuno Espirito Santo could face punishment for being heavily critical of referee Lee Mason after a 2-1 loss to Burnley in the English Premier League on Monday.

Nuno said Mason “does not have the quality to whistle a game in the Premier League” after seeing his team sunk by close-range goals by Burnley strikers Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood. Fabio Silva replied for Wolves with an 89th-minute penalty.

“I just don’t want to see him more — that’s what I told him,” Nuno said. “I hope he doesn’t whistle a game of ours again because all the games we have with Lee Mason are always the same.

“He cannot control the players, the players are constantly arguing — both teams. With all the other referees, the game flows. There’s dialogue. He’s just not ready to do it.”

Nuno didn’t make reference to a specific incident in the game at Turf Moor.

“It is not about the crucial mistakes or decisions, it is about the way he handles the game,” he said. “The players get nervous, too much voices, he whistles by the voices when some players are shouting.

“We are talking about the best competition and clearly he doesn’t have the quality to whistle the game. I’m very disappointed to say this but I would not feel right if I didn’t say it.”

The win extended Burnley’s unbeaten run to four games and saw the team climb out of the relegation zone above Fulham, which drops into the bottom three, and Brighton into 16th place in the 20-team league.

Barnes leapt high to plant a far-post header through Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio’s legs from close range in the 35th minute to give Burnley the lead in rainy conditions.

Wood also scored from a couple of yards (meters) out, smashing a loose ball into the roof of the net after Ben Mee’s looping header at a free kick struck Wolves defender Rayan Ait Nouri and dropped into the path of the New Zealand striker.

Silva, an 18-year-old striker, converted an 89th-minute penalty for his first goal in English soccer since his move from Porto to give Wolves hope but Burnley held out for a third win.

Abraham scores twice as Chelsea beat West Ham 3-0

Chelsea's Tammy Abraham Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the English Premier League match between Chelsea and West Ham at Stamford Bridge, London, Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Clive Rose,Pool)

Tammy Abraham scored twice in two minutes and completed Chelsea’s 3-0 victory over West Ham on Monday, sending the west London side up to fifth in the English Premier League following consecutive losses.

The score flattered Frank Lampard’s side, which led through Thiago Silva’s header from Mason Mount’s corner in the 10th minute.

For all the West Ham pressure in the second half, the east London side didn’t manage a single shot on target.

While Timo Werner went a ninth game without scoring in all competitions, the German did set up Abraham in the 78th, albeit with a weak shot that his fellow striker slotted in.

Abraham was on target again in the 80th after Christian Pulisic’s header from Mount’s cross was blocked by goalkeeper Łukasz Fabiański.

Chelsea moved to within six points of leader Liverpool.

West Ham was four points behind Chelsea in 10th place.

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