Bobby’s ref rage repeat

Roberto Martinez was critical of referee Howard Webb
Roberto Martinez was critical of referee Howard Webb

ROBERTO Martinez suffered more ref rage as Wigan Athletic tasted defeat at Sunderland.

Steven Fletcher grabbed the only goal five minutes into the second half, continuing his record of having scored all of his side’s goals this term.

The goal came two minutes after the sending-off of Jordi Gomez for a sliding lunge on Danny Rose which Howard Webb – the man who handled the 2010 World Cup Final – deemed worthy of a red card.

But the visitors were left feeling hard-done by as Webb allowed Sunderland to retain their full compliment on the field, despite Fletcher and James McClean flirting with a second yellow and Seb Larsson’s ugly challenge on Arouna Kone in stoppage-time.

Martinez, who is already facing an FA charge over comments he made on Michael Oliver’s handling of the 4-0 defeat at Manchester United earlier this month, felt Gomez’s dismissal was “very, very harsh”.

And the Latics chief insisted that if Gomez had to go, so too should have Larsson later in the piece.

“I think it’s harsh – it’s harsh because Danny Rose loses the ball slightly,” Martinez said.

“Jordi tackles as a striker tackles, showing the studs, but he never leaves the ground, it’s not a two-footed challenge.

“I can understand why the referee gave it, but I think it’s very, very harsh.

“My disappointment is that Larsson has made a worse tackle against Kone and is not even shown a yellow card.

“That’s just as you want as a manager – you want consistency for both teams.

“It’s down to the referee’s decision if he considers that challenge is a red card, but then every challenge in the same manner should be a red card.

“That’s the disappointment. At the moment, we are on the back of a few bad decisions and you just need to take it in football. It happens.

“You just hope that over the course of the season, you are going to get good calls coming in our favour even though now, we find it difficult to understand that’s going to happen.”

There were positives from the trip, not least the surprise appearance of Franco di Santo on the bench after a calf problem.

The Argentine replaced Shaun Maloney for the last half-hour, and reported no after-effects following his run-out.