UWE Rosler was counting the cost of last night’s home defeat to Ipswich Town with Callum McManaman possibly facing a spell on the sidelines.
The young forward limped off before half-time of the 2-1 reversal, shortly after being clattered by Town centre-back Christophe Berra that produced only a yellow card from referee Andy Woolmer.
It wasn’t the first time McManaman had felt the full force of some robust Ipswich tackling, which angered the Latics chief who earlier this season called on referees to show the in-form attacker greater protection.
“I don’t want to be a bad loser – you can only play that card so many times,” Rosler said.
“But it was a very debatable performance from the referee.
“If you let that go, and let players get away with that, they will do that.
“I spoke about it weeks ago that a player like Callum McManaman needs to have some sort of protection.
“You saw the outcome today, he had to come off and it doesn’t look good.
“They targeted him, they wanted to take him out of the game, and they succeeded.
“I would have liked the referee to have stopped that.
“You compare the yellow cards given in the Premier League to the ones given tonight.
“It looks like I’m watching two different sports.”
A late goal from Martyn Waghorn, who diverted James McClean’s shot over the line, wasn’t enough to rescue a point for Rosler’s side, who had trailed to goals from Luke Hyam and ex-Latic Conor Sammon. “Ipswich came with a clear plan, to rough us up, and tried to make the game a scrap,” Rosler added.
“But the response we showed in the last 20 minutes speaks for the character of the players and the spirit in the camp.
“We should have got something out of the game. When you have around 20 attempts, you should get something out of a game.”