Burnley’s stoppage-time penalty denied Wolverhampton Wanderers victory at Turf Moor as a 1-1 Premier League draw meant the battle for European places intensified.
Raul Jimenez’s 75th minute strike appeared to have boosted Wolves’ Champions League hopes, but Burnley refused to roll over as they extended an undefeated home league run that stretches back to New Year’s Day.
Chris Wood, having missed a sitter moments before, won the Clarets a penalty at the death after he went for an ambitious overhead kick in the area.
Wood’s attempt drew a handball from Matt Doherty, but despite Wolves’ appeals for a high boot against the Kiwi, VAR’s long look at the incident didn’t rule in their favour.
The result means Wolves are only three points off the top four, having played a game more than Leicester and Manchester United, but also under pressure from behind, with Spurs one point back and Sheffield United two back in seventh. Burnley are five points back in ninth.
Burnley’s impressive form since the restart had seen them cut the gap to the Europa League places considerably in the table. However, the visitors made the differences look bigger on the pitch as they dominated the early going.
The game fluctuated, with both sides seeing good opportunities come their way, but it was not until the 75th minute that the deadlock was broken.
Wolves’ Adama Traore fed substitute Matt Doherty who saw his shot from the edge of the area charged down.
But the ball span over to Raul Jimenez who did not even let it drop before lashing a fierce shot beyond the helpless Pope.
Wood should have headed in an equaliser for the Clarets when Matej Vydra pulled the ball back to him in front of an open goal, only for the New Zealander to head wide.
But he made amends moments later, slotting away the controversial spot kick – which will have left Wolves feeling hard done by – with aplomb in to the top corner, adding another twist to the battle for Europe.
Final score: Burnley 1-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers