OWEN Coyle bemoaned a tale of two refereeing decisions that he believes cost Wigan Athletic dear at Leicester on Saturday.
Latics went down 2-0 at the King Power Stadium, as goals from Liam Moore and David Nugent saw the Foxes home with room to spare.
The visitors enjoyed a decent spell in the second half at 1-0 down, but hardly forced Kasper Schmeichel into a save worthy of the name.
And their hopes of coming away with something were ended inside the last 10 minutes when Nugent secured Leicester’s win from the penalty spot.
Coyle reckoned the award of a spot-kick, for a foul by Jean Beausejour on Jamie Vardy, was somewhat soft.
And his mood wasn’t helped by referee David Webb ignoring Wigan’s own claims for a penalty in the first half, when Wes Morgan had barged over Marc-Antoine Fortune.
“We got the rough end of two decisions,” mused Coyle.
“It was a stonewall penalty when Fortune was fouled, then Vardy has got on the wrong side of Beausejour and it’s not a penalty.
“Speaking with the officials after the game, I was told that, yes, Marco was pushed, but not with enough contact to warrant a spot-kick.
“It’s baffling and hugely disappointing to have those decisions go against you, and then see a penalty awarded for the home side which shouldn’t have been.
“Beausejour has tried to pull out of making contact, but the attacker has left his foot in and gone to ground.”
However, Coyle admitted Latics only had themselves to blame for the first Leicester goal, which saw Moore given a free header inside the Latics penalty area that he planted past Scott Carson.
“It was very disappointing to concede such a soft goal,” Coyle acknowledged.
“It was a good header, but he (Moore) hasn’t been marked.
“We had designated markers and we should have tracked the run of their goalscorer.
“We have to do better than that.”
Latics were cheered on in the East Midlands by another sizeable away following, despite the fact around 3,000 will be making the trip to Belgium this week for the Europa League group stage opener against Zulte Waregem. And Coyle admitted the fans had not been adequately rewarded for their loyalty.
“We need to be coming to places like this with the intention of taking all three points and I hope the players are hurting as much as I am and as much as I expect the fans are,” he added.
“We had another fantastic turnout from the supporters, who have travelled a long way and paid good money to see their team, and they deserve better.”