Swansea 2 Wigan 1: Martínez rues Kone’s disallowed goal for the Latics
Swansea 2 Wigan 1: Roberto Martínez rues a controversial refereeing decision as the Latics lose at the Liberty Stadium
Roberto Martínez admitted his frustration to see an Arouna Kone effort disallowed after the Latics were left to rue another controversial decision in a narrow loss to Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.
The Swans scored twice through Pablo Hernández and Michu in a hectic three-minute period in the second half before Wigan defender Emmerson Boyce levelled with 21 minutes remaining.
Kone then had an equalising header disallowed by the assistant referee who ruled the Ivorian was marginally offside – television replays showed the striker was onside.
However, the former Swansea boss refused to criticise the officials, especially after a recent fine imposed by the FA for his comments following a 4-1 defeat at Old Trafford.
“It’s a big call,” Martínez told Sky Sports. “When I was watching live, it looked level.
“It’s an extremely tight decision, and it’s a shame because it was an outstanding piece of play.
“It was a great finish from Arouna Kone and a great ball from Jean Beausejour.
“Sometimes these decisions just don’t go in your favour.”
Meanwhile, Swansea manager Michael Laudrup admitted his relief to collect three points, admitting Kone’s disallowed goal was a very close call.
“They had a goal disallowed which was very, very tight but to come back after some games without winning it would be too easy to win without suffering,” said the Swansea boss.
“You can say there is a mixture of joy and relief, we knew today was very important for us and I think if you see the game the players played with a lot of confidence and patience.
“But you know when you really want something, in this case a win, you cannot think you can do it in 10 minutes. At this level it takes 90 or 94 minutes and that is what happened.”