ROBERTO Martinez will decide later today whether to appeal Maynor Figueroa’s red card that underpinned Wigan’s 3-0 defeat at Newcastle last night.
Figueroa was dismissed after only 12 minutes on Tyneside, after a seemingly innocuous coming-together in the penalty area with Toon striker Papiss Cisse.
Referee Mike Jones not only pointed to the spot but decided a clear goalscoring opportunity had been prevented.
And Figueroa will miss Saturday’s six-pointer against rock-bottom QPR unless the decision is rescinded.
Demba Ba converted the resulting penalty and quickly added a second goal, with Gael Bigirimana securing the points with a magnificent strike in the final quarter.
Martinez will spend this morning running the rule over the DVD before making a decision, but last night hinted the club would be going down the appeal route.
“It was a divided ball, and the contact was shoulder to shoulder,” Martinez said.
“It was a big decision, and from that point on it was always going to be a long night for us.
“I thought we recovered to play with a lot of composure, we kept the ball well and with a bit more luck we might have got ourselves back into the game.
“We didn’t feel sorry for ourselves, we enjoyed as better share of possession than the home side, but we just couldn’t overcome that early two-goal deficit.”
Wigan’s misery was compounded when skipper Gary Caldwell – on his return from injury – picked up his fifth yellow card of the campaign, which will also rule him out of the visit of Harry Redknapp’s charges.
“It was a night where there were quite a few negatives,” Martinez added.
“But what we need to do now is get rid of this feeling and get ready for QPR on Saturday, which has now become an even bigger game for us.”