STEVE Gohouri manfully took full responsibility for the red card he believes cost Latics at least a point against Tottenham.
The Wigan defender, making his first appearance of the season after a calf problem, picked up his second caution just after the hour mark of the 2-1 defeat to the Londoners for a second foul on Gareth Bale.
At the time, Latics were well on top and threatening an equaliser after Momo Diame’s goal had given them hope.
But, after going down to 10 men, they came up just short.
“I am gutted, so devastated,” Gohouri told the Evening Post.
“That was the key moment in the game, because if we had kept 11 men we would have got a draw minimum and probably all three points.
“It was just one of those things. I thought I could get the ball, but I let the team down. And I know that.”
Boss Roberto Martinez admitted he had ‘no complaints’ regarding the dismissal, although he didn’t feel Latics were given a fair rub of the green by official Jon Moss over the full 90 minutes.
Martinez also hailed his side’s spirit in recovering from the blow of going two goals down inside the first half-hour to push the in-form Londoners close in a grandstand finish, with substitutes Ronnie Stam, James McArthur and Conor Sammon all making an impact.
“The work ethic at the training ground is phenomenal and you can see that in the squad,” he said.
“It’s important that when you’re not in the starting line-up you are able to come into the game and make an impact.
“The players who came off the bench did that and contributed to a second-half performance that was much closer to the level we’re at and full of maturity.
“To cope with being a man down against such a talented squad is a bright sign for the future.”
Martinez will certainly have taken comfort from the way his side stormed back from their abject first-half performance, with Victor Moses a constant threat down the wing.
The Spaniard added: “I felt Victor was outstanding. He is someone who has been working really well for the last 16 months.”