Owen Coyle bemoaned a combination of refereeing decisions and bad luck that went against Wigan Athletic in their 1-0 defeat to Blackpool on Saturday afternoon at Bloomfield Road.
A Tom Ince penalty was the difference between the two sides, scored in the first-half after a foul on Dan Gosling by Scott Carson, which Coyle thought his keeper was unfortunate to be on the wrong end of. Twice Latics hit the crossbar after the break, and saw two efforts cleared off the line in search of an equaliser, but it wasn’t to be and afterwards the gaffer gave his assessment:
“It was a disappointing afternoon in terms of the result. For the opening 25 minutes I thought we controlled the game and from the first break forward Blackpool had they won a soft penalty.
“Dan Gosling has broken into the area off balance, gets no touch on the ball and collides with Scott Carson. On another day it gets waved away, but the luck we’ve had away from home this season in terms of decisions continued today.
“But there was still time after that to get back in the game and we almost did, but were unfortunate to see a couple of chances come off the woodwork and two efforts cleared off the line.
“To add to the disappointment I was astounded to see a red card brandished to James McClean in injury time. Gary MacKenzie has stamped on James whilst he’s on the floor, James has jumped up to react, but there’s no contact from him to warrant a straight red card, it was ridiculous.
“So it’s a kick in the teeth we have to accept and move on from. We came here with the intention of collecting three points and continuing the good run of form we’ve been on lately, but it didn’t happen, we’ll take our medicine and look to bounce back quickly.”
Latics last responded to defeat with back-to-back victories in the Europa League and Championship, and Coyle will be looking for more of the same from his team as he explained:
“The overriding feeling is one of frustration, because we should be leaving here with points rather than empty handed and I’ve told that to the players.
“We showed after the Watford game that we’re good enough to see beyond the harsh decisions and find results and that’s what we’ll aim to do in the coming week against Rubin Kazan and Charlton Athletic.”