Newcastle 3 Wigan 0: Martínez pleased with second-half display
Newcastle 3 Wigan 0: Roberto Martínez was heartened by his side's second-half showing after 10-man Latics are beaten
Roberto Martínez praised his Wigan Athletic side for their second-half performance after the 10-man Latics were beaten at St James’ Park on Monday.
Wigan defender Maynor Figueroa was shown a straight red card in the 12th minute after he brought down Papiss Cisse in the penalty area, and Demba Ba tucked away the resulting spot-kick.
Ba then netted a second eight minutes later, with Gael Bigirimana’s spectacular long-range effort in the 71st minute securing the win for Alan Pardew’s men after the visitors had shown admirable endeavour after the break.
“It became a very difficult game in 10 minutes [after the sending off],” the Wigan boss, whose side are just two points above the relegation zone, told Sky Sports.
“What I was pleased with was the reaction in the second half. We never felt sorry for ourselves, I was extremely proud of the reaction of our players.
“We gave a real feeling of fear to Newcastle. Unfortunately we couldn’t get that early goal that you need to get back in [the game] but the reaction was very positive.”
Martínez felt his side were unfortunate to be reduced to 10 men after referee Mike Jones had already awarded the Magpies a penalty.
“It was a big decision,” he continued. “I think you need to be certain of a decision like that.
“For me, the ball is in-between the two players and Maynor Figueroa is allowed to challenge for that ball. It seems a shoulder-to-shoulder challenge and I think we were very unfortunate.
“In football you need that little bit of luck and clearly today we didn’t have it.”
He added: “I think we’re going to get a lot out of this second-half performance and we need to take it into the next home game.
“Our fans were magnificent throughout and we need to get together and look forward to the Queens Park Rangers game now.”