Boss reflects on loss to Cardiff City as James McClean and Martyn Waghorn see goals ruled out when replays show pair onside.
- Disappointing decisions on back of AFC Bournemouth apology.
- Praise for Emmerson Boyce on 250th league appearance for Wigan Athletic.
- Jermaine Pennant ‘solid’ on debut.
Latics manager Malky Mackay rued two costly decisions as James McClean and Martyn Waghorn saw goals ruled out for offside when the pair looked onside on initial replays.
Aron Gunnarsson scored the only goal of the game to give Mackay’s former side Cardiff City a 1-0 win at the DW Stadium, a result that still leaves Latics nine points from safety.
And Mackay, who received an apology from the Referees Association for an incorrect onside call that led to AFC Bournemouth’s opener at the DW Stadium earlier this month on Monday, was frustrated his side’s efforts weren’t rewarded on Tuesday evening.
“I thought we were terrific tonight on a very difficult pitch,” Mackay told Latics Player. “I thought we played well against a resilient side that set their back four out not to move forward and to just stay at home.
“We had a real go and scored what looked like two good goals at the time but they were ruled out for offside and, having looked back at them, they’re both onside so that’s really disappointing for us to breach them twice but the decisions to go against us.
“It’s equally disappointing as we’ve had word come back to us from the Referees Association this week apologising for Bournemouth’s first goal here a few weeks ago.
“I thought in general we were pretty dominant and started well, then we concede the goal as Harry Maguire challenges Jermaine Pennant and it allows Gunnarsson in, it’s probably the one thing on the evening Harry doesn’t do correctly because I thought he was terrific and I can say that about a lot of them tonight.
“We tested their goalkeeper; two top class saves from David Marshall denied us as well and that’s why he’s the best keeper in the division.
“I’ve asked us to test the keepers more and we did that with those efforts from Kim and Harry, I know David really well and he’s pulled out two world class saves.”
One of three changes from the defeat at Charlton Athletic last time out saw Emmerson Boyce return to the starting XI to make his 250th Wigan Athletic league appearance.
And Mackay reserved praise for the defender as well as Jermaine Pennant and Gaetan Bong who made Latics debuts against the Bluebirds.
“Emmerson has been a terrific servant to this club,” he added. “It’s been thoroughly deserved because he’s been such a loyal player for this team. I’m delighted he’s got to his landmark and I thought he showed a real solidness to his performance.
“I can say that about Boycey who came in at the back and I thought Gaetan did well on debut; young Sheyi too kept running the full back, putting crosses in and causing problems, as did Kim.
“Jermaine was solid on debut; he’s not played a lot of football recently and I thought he showed his experience tonight – he’ll get better with more game time.”