Thursday 22 March 2018

Martinez fumes at penalty

Manager Roberto Martinez was fuming after Wigan Athletic conceded a 99th-minute goal to draw 3-3 at home to Blackburn Rovers in the Premier League on Saturday.

It was not the stoppage-time penalty that incensed the Spaniard, however, but Blackburn's second goal.

Rovers striker Yakubu placed the ball down for a corner, appeared to fake a kick and Morten Gamst Pedersen then dribbled into the area unopposed before crossing for Junior Hoilett to score.

"I think it's scandalous," Martinez said of referee Andre Marriner's failure to spot the infringement. "It's all too easy to give a decision against Wigan.

"If you watch it 23 times you won't see it clear if he touched it, so how can the referee know? You would need to be a magician to make that decision.

"I don't like to talk about referees but we have got a bad decision a few too many times."

Yakubu was unsure what happened at the corner. "I don't think I touched it but that's football," he said.

Blackburn manager Steve Kean added: "If it should not have stood then we have had a bit of luck".

Wigan, who had lost their last eight league games, looked set to move off the bottom of the table until the bizarre penalty awarded for a foul on goalkeeper Paul Robinson who had gone forward in a bid to salvage a point.

Yakubu converted the spot-kick, his second goal of the game, to keep Rovers one place above Wigan.

Irish Independent

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