Martinez talks of injustice at the Bridge

Roberto Martinez
Roberto Martinez

ROBERTO Martinez admitted Wigan Athletic were left with a feeling of “real injustice” after two more debatable decisions cost his side dearly at Chelsea.

The Latics boss rightly pointed out both of the Blues’ goals should have been ruled out for offside after watching Juan Mata’s 93rd-minute winner deny his side a result that would have lifted them out of the bottom three for the first time in almost four months.

Martinez’s men were heading for a well-deserved 1-1 draw when substitute Momo Diame’s 82nd-minute equaliser cancelled out Branislav Ivanovic’s opener, which was scored from a blatantly offside position.

That saw Wigan’s players surround referee Mike Jones and assistant Dave Bryan, but to no avail.

“It is heartbreaking, but it is heartbreaking for reasons we cannot control,” Martinez told the Evening Post.

“There were two wrong decisions that should have been spotted – and they weren’t. But I thought the performance was outstanding.

“From start to finish, we did what we had to do which is to try to come here and win the football game.”

Martinez, who absolved Jones of blame, continued: “If I speak with them, it will be a waste of time.

“Unfortunately, we have had too many times this season when it’s not about matter of opinions, it’s about clear calls that have been against us.

“I don’t want to go into the debate that it’s very easy to referee against little Wigan.But, unfortunately, I believe this is the best league in the world and we should get better decisions than that.”

Citing previous decisions against Manchester United and Blackburn, he added: “The sending-off (of Conor Sammon) at Old Trafford that was rescinded – that was an incredible decision.

“The corner kick that was never taken (by Morten Gamst Pedersen) against Blackburn was another.

“And, last year, we came here and Fernando Torres impeded Ali Al Habsi and it was a goal. It’s happened too many times.

“I’m talking about the referee and I want to talk about our performance.

“There is a feeling of real injustice in the dressing room and we don’t deserve that. I have to laugh about it because it’s really cruel.

“We would have gone 16th with a point and anyone who saw the game would agree my team deserved a point.”

Martinez now has the task of trying to rally his troops for the visit of champions Manchester United on Wednesday.

“I felt the performance was as good as we have played away from home against a top four side all season, and that is down to the good quality that we have got in the squad,” he acknowledged.

“We have to brush it off for the next game, though, because it is an unfortunate decision and we should have got at least a point.

“On Wednesday, we have another game, and we have to take the positives of the performance into that game.

“The next six games we need to get the points, and the only way to do that is to play like we did today.

“I don’t think anyone expected us to get a result, but we came here knowing that we could.

“Clearly everyone who has seen the game will know that Wigan Athletic were the better team - and that speaks volumes of the commitment of the players.”