Updated: Friday, 24th November 2017 @ 8:08am

Referee decision meant luck was against us, claims Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez after Swans defeat

Referee decision meant luck was against us, claims Wigan Athletic boss Roberto Martinez after Swans defeat

By Matt Simpson

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez believes a controversial decision by the referee cost his team a point against Swansea City.

The Latics, who now have not won in their last six Premier League games, were trailing 2-1 when a goal from Arouna Kone was disallowed for offside.

But the Spaniard believes it should have been given and bemoaned his side’s lack of luck as he faced his old team at the Liberty Stadium.

"It's a big call. When I was watching live, it looked level," Martinez told Sky Sports.

"It's an extremely tight decision, and it's a shame because it was an outstanding piece of play.

"Sometimes these decisions just don't go in your favour."

Following an uneventful first half, Wigan found themselves two goals down after 67 minutes before Emmerson Boyce struck back with a fine back heel two minutes later.

Then with 19 minutes remaining, Arouna Kone had the ball in the back of the net after a good cross from Jean Beausejour, but he was controversially adjudged offside.

Martinez admits his side are not yet reaching the standards expected of them, but maintained they are not far off.

"We didn't have that spark that we normally have. You know, with possession I felt that we started the game really well," he added.

"From our point of view, you feel that we got in two or three half opportunities that we expect to do better in them areas.

"I think the standards we need to reach, we're not there yet. That's just the final bit between the performances and the scorelines and we're not far away."

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