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AUDIO: Wigan Athletic boss Owen Coyle angered by refereeing decision against Watford
Owen Coyle praised the performance of his Wigan Athletic side following Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Watford but felt two big decisions went against the Latics.
Cristian Battocchio secured the win eight minutes from time but the visitors had a first-half goal ruled out when James McClean was flagged offside and Coyle was off the bench in the second half when Nick Powell went down in the 18-yard box following a challenge from Lloyd Doyley.
"There’s no debate," the Wigan boss said off the offside goal. "James McClean’s a yard-and-a-half onside. We knew it at the time. Bizarre doesn’t cover it. We were terrific today. Watford are a very good side and will challenge, as we will, to get back to the Premier League but to come here and give the level of performance we did with our fourth game in nine days, the players were an absolute credit.
"We lost (Marc-Antoine) Fortune [to injury in the first half] and had to change things again but it didn’t affect the team because they were outstanding. We scored a perfectly good goal – I don’t envy the referee, the officials of their job – but at this level, we understand little bitty fouls sometimes you’ll get, sometimes you won’t but you’ve got to get the major decisions right."
Turning to the penalty incident after the break, Coyle said: "We had a stonewall penalty in the second half at 0-0 when Powell’s robbed Doyley, Doyley’s kicked him and you know Doyley’s kicked him straight away because he’s put his hands up in the air and the whole stadium knew it was a penalty and it’s not given.
"My disappointment, even then, is we should still be leaving at 0-0 and obviously the lad’s finished a great goal, all credit to him, but the deflection obviously went their way so probably every bit of luck that was going went Watford’s way today.
"I can’t fault the players and how they went about it today. We know we’ve come off the wrong side of two huge decisions and both 0-0 at the time. There’s no doubt that certainly would have put us in front and then enough to win us the game."
You can hear Coyle's press conference below.
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