Martinez blames poor ref decision for Wigan’s draw with Tottenham

Wigan boss Roberto Martinez has blamed poor referreing decisions as the reason behind his Wigan side falling just short of achieving an important victory against Tottenham, reports Sky Sports.

Ref Martin Atkinson awarded Spurs a last minute free kick, which Tom Huddleston fired goalbound before Emmerson Boyce turned the ball into his own net to equalize for the Londoners.

Martinez, however, believes Jean Beausejour was fouled by Kyle Walker before the England defender went to the ground in the incident for which the free kick was awarded.

The former Swansea boss said he remained proud of his side’s resilient performance, but felt that Atkinson’s decision was incorrect and took the gloss off what should have been a happy day at the DW Stadium.

He told Sky Sports: “It should have been three points. I thought the performance was magnificent from start to finish.

“Remember, we were playing against a side that are fighting to get into the Champions League spots, they’ve got tremendous quality and a wealth of talent in that squad.

“We gave them a goal, but even then we deservedly got in front and we feel hard done by the free-kick at the end. The referee got it wrong unfortunately and that has cost us two points.

“But, in terms of the performance, I couldn’t be prouder. I thought tactically we showed incredible awareness and coped with anything that Spurs had to throw at us. To keep Spurs so quiet and the only threat was from dead-ball situations is full credit to the players.”

Martinez was then asked about the free kick being awarded. He responded: “It’s very clear, you could see it live.

“Maybe the referee wasn’t looking at the shoulder of Walker, but he has pulled Jean Beausejour on the shoulder and it should be clearly a free-kick for us.

“At that point we were too honest and tried to stay on our feet, and then Kyle gets a free-kick for his team. It’s unfortunate for us, but with the experience of the referee he should have got that.”

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