DW Stadium

Next Game

Wigan v Reading

Saturday, 09 August 2014, 15:00

Sky Bet Ch'ship

Spotland Stadium

Last Game

Rochdale 2 - 1 Wigan

Saturday, 19 July 2014, 15:00

Friendly Match

Gray laments 'inconsistencies'

Opposing managers Uwe Rosler and Stuart Gray unsurprisingly had vastly differing views after a tale of two penalties saw Wigan Athletic edge past Sheffield Wednesday 1-0.

Last Updated: 12/03/14 at 23:21 Post Comment

Stuart Gray: Felt hard done by after defeat at Wigan

Stuart Gray: Felt hard done by after defeat at Wigan

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Jordi Gomez scored the winning goal from the spot with three minutes left after James Perch had been tripped by Caolan Lavery.

Gray graciously admitted he thought referee Andy Haines had been right to point to the spot, despite some of his players feeling Perch had gone to ground rather

easily.

But the Wednesday boss was fuming at the first-half incident that saw Wednesday awarded a penalty of their own, when Jacques Maghoma was felled in the area by Ali Al Habsi.

Leon Best's spot-kick was subsequently saved by the Wigan goalkeeper - but Gray felt Al Habsi should not have been on the pitch in the first place.

"It was definitely a red card, definitely," said Gray.

"I was thinking we had a penalty, against a substitute goalkeeper, and I couldn't believe it when the yellow card came out.

"Jacques Maghoma has got the ball, he's gone round the goalkeeper and he's wiped him out.

"I was amazed when he only got a yellow, and then he pulls off a save that stops us from taking the lead.

"We shouldn't be missing penalties, but I'm just disappointed because the game would definitely have changed had we been playing against 10 men."

Despite Wigan rubbing salt into the wounds by clinching all three points with a late winner, Gray refused to blame Haines for pointing to the spot a second time.

"I think theirs was a penalty, I looked straight away at the linesman," Gray added.

"Young Caolan has clipped his heels and he's always going to go down. I've got no qualms or problems with that.

"It's just the inconsistencies - I just can't see the consistency.

"Some get a red, some get a yellow. But if it's a professional foul, for me it's a straight red."

Latics chief Rosler felt there was enough doubt whether Al Habsi was the last man to vindicate Haines' decision to only caution his goalkeeper.

"It was a clear penalty for me," said Rosler.

"Was it a red card? I have to say the ball had travelled away from goal, and James Perch was in a position to intercept.

"I would say no, it wasn't a red card. But I can understand Stuart being very disappointed.

"In his position, I would probably be the same."

Rosler also felt his side's never-say-die attitude warranted the break at the end.

"In the seocnd half, we consistently played in the half - they had one shot on goal," he added.

"We pushed them back, we kept on working, and when you have that attitude you get rewarded."

Free £50 bet

Daily Offers and Promotions, sign up for a free £50 matched bet

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

H

e made his power play to try and get Sheikhy to raise his wages or trade him to PSG. PSG were probably not interested and he is stuck with no cake and no vacation. @Jay_D> Surely you jest about FFP being real, right? All Platini is doing is making billionaries pay measly fines, so he and his cronies can get rich. If a fool can pay 50 mil for David Luiz, he will happily pay some fine to UEFA. FFP has failed as for it to succeed UEFA had to take it...

Synergy
Toure: I am staying with City

G

uess we can expect Toure's explanation of his behaviour around the same time Pete Townshend publishes his book then.

ceeps
Toure: I am staying with City

D

amn you Yaya, don't scare me like that! I only ate the icing. I didn't eat the soft and scrumptious middle - I will buy you another cake!

MCFC87
Toure: I am staying with City

Footer 365

Premier League: West Ham's Andy Carroll to miss start of season with ankle injury

Andy Carroll has been ruled out for four months with ankle ligament damage - a major blow for West Ham.

Transfer News: Hibernian capture young midfielder Scott Allan from West Brom

Hibernian have signed former Scotland Under-21 international Scott Allan from West Brom.

Transfer news: Frank Lampard signs for New York City FC

England midfielder Frank Lampard has confirmed he will join the MLS team New York City FC on a two-year contract.

Mail Box

Pre-Season Obviously Isn't Meaningless

The debate over the importance of pre-season continues, including a league table from last season for stats fans. Plus travelling to watch your team and Blackpool...

Definitely Not Getting Giddy Over A Friendly Win

We have some conclusions from Louis van Gaal's perfect start, plus a dismissal of fantasy football, worries about La Liga's greediness and thoughts on Real with Ham-ez...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property