Wigan 2 Newcastle 1: Pardew angry at McManaman’s ‘awful’ tackle
Wigan 2 Newcastle 1: Alan Pardew was left fuming at Callum McManaman's "awful tackle" on Massadio Haidara after defeat
Alan Pardew was left fuming at Callum McManaman’s “awful tackle” on Massadio Haidara after Newcastle slipped to a defeat at Wigan Athletic.
Jean Beausejour gave the Latics the lead in the 18th minute at the DW Stadium before McManaman was not punished for a high lunge on Haidara, who was subsequently sent to hospital with suspected knee ligament damage.
Davide Santon looked to have rescued a point for Pardew’s visitors when he netted an equaliser in the 72nd minute, but Arouna Kone’s last-minute winner gave Roberto Martinez’s side a vital win.
“It was an awful tackle [by Callum McManaman],” Pardew told BBC Sport.
“I have got a boy going to hospital and that’s a worse feeling than losing.
“It looked a bad tackle but I didn’t realise how bad until it filtered through to us.”
Pardew, whose side are 13th in the Premier League table and six points above the relegation zone, was left fuming by a host of refereeing decisions, culminating in Mike Halsey’s failure to punish McManaman.
He added: “We had a game we want to forget because nothing went for us. It was almost a calamity of decisions for us. We felt we should have had a corner in the build-up to their goal. But I can’t fault my players, we’ll have to patch ourselves up and get on with it.”
“I felt we should have had a handball [in the winning goal]. Everybody appeals for handball and in that split second is the difference between us clearing the ball and not.”