Latics boss condemns 'wrong' call after his side 4-2 at the Stadium of Light, bemoaning that the spot kick 'killed our opportunity of getting a positive result'
The incident occurred when Stephane Sessegnon went to ground in the area after Antolin Alcaraz appeared to make contact with him whilst trying to win the ball from the Benin international. The midfielder scored the spot-kick to leave Martinez fuming.
“If you look at the replay, it’s a shoulder to shoulder, I cannot understand how you can give such a massive call if you’re not 100 per cent because I’m watching the replay and I can’t see how that is a penalty," he told reporters.
"That make things very difficult. In football sometimes it’s better to be lucky than good and today it was Sunderland’s day and we’ll move one.
“I think he got the call wrong. I don’t know where he’s coming from I had the same angle as the referee and it’s clearly a shoulder to shoulder.
"I asked him after the game whether he saw something else, if he saw Antolin [Alcaraz] tackled the Sunderland player but he said it was a penalty kick by his action of trying to win the ball.
“It really killed our opportunity of getting a positive result, from our point of view we did everything we had to do, we were very brave and held the ball for long spells and we scored the first goal. To score two goals from open play away from home you should be able to get a positive result.”
And Martinez thinks the Premier League relegation battle will last until the last day of the season and is hopeful that with two home games coming up his side can pull clear of the relegation zone.
“The way the competition is going this season I just feel it’s going to go down to the last day of the campaign and we’re looking at the points tally that we going to get that day, believe it’s no difference for me if you’re in the bottom three or fourth from bottom. Goal difference I don’t think that’s going to make the difference by achieving our aim of staying in the Premier League or not.
“It’s quite now we have 12 points to fight for, we have two home fixtures you can see how important it is to play at home.
"I felt Sunderland used their crowd really well, sometimes it effects the decisions of the referee, sometimes it gives that belief as a player and gives you that extra yard and that had a bearing on the result. I hope we can get that from our home fixtures and we’re excited and looking forward to the next 12 points.
“We’re catching up this season, we clicked as a team about 10 weeks and now is the moment we are aware we need to get points and we’ll make sure we get them.”