Gary O’Neil blasted the Premier League for scheduling last night’s game against Manchester United on transfer deadline day.
Wolves went into the final day of the window hoping to strengthen their forward line, but endured a frustrating 24 hours which was compounded by an agonising 4-3 defeat.
O’Neil’s men battled gallantly and appeared to have emerged with a creditable point when they scored an injury-time equaliser, only for Kobbie Mainoo to steal the show with a 97th minute winner.
Off the pitch, Wolves fared little better and were forced to admit defeat in their hunt for a new forward when Fulham won the battle to sign Armando Broja on loan from Chelsea.
‘Today to have to leave and working all day in the office with Matt and the recruitment team trying to work out stuff and be prepping for a game against Manchester United, then to have to leave at five o’clock to come and do the game and then literally be updated there, I hadn’t heard a thing, is a crazy way to spend a deadline day,’ said O’Neil.
‘Playing football matches on deadline day is a terrible idea.’
‘We couldn’t afford to do it financially, where it ended up,” O’Neil added on the pursuit of Broja.
‘But we haven’t been deducted 10 points, we’re still together, we’re still putting in performances that show we’re all together. We’ll try and keep it moving that way.’
O’Neil did at least take heart from his side’s spirited comeback that came within a whisker of securing what had looked like being an unlikely point.
He added: ‘I was proud of what they produced. Effort, quality, togetherness. Loads of it. Bundles of bundles of it.
‘But I was disappointed with some of it. The first half got away from us and we didn’t really stick to what we do, we were aggressive and left ourselves far too open and got punished.
‘But the second half was an incredible performance. I thought we were excellent and completely dominated.
‘We had complete control apart from a couple of counter-attacks from them, so it was just a couple of details really.
‘But we learn from every time we work together, every time we play, there’s things we can learn.’