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Wigan boss Martinez: Time to bring in linesmen who know the rules

The 38-year-old feels his side were hard done by in the defeat to Roberto Di Matteo's men at Stamford Bridge, with strong controversy over the opening goal from Branslav Ivanovic

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez has slammed the quality of refereeing standards after seeing his side lose to Chelsea thanks to an offside goal by Branislav Ivanovic.

The Serbian defender put his side ahead just past the hour mark, only for the Latics to draw level thanks to a thunderous drive by Mohamed Diame. Juan Mata struck late on to break Wigan hearts and leave Martinez’s side in the relegation zone.

And the Latics boss has hit out at the linesmen officiating at Stamford Bridge.

"Ivanovic is the one who's offside," Martinez told reporters. "If Drogba touches the ball, there's another three players offside. The first one, you can't miss that.

"Someone asked me if it's time to bring technology in. No, it's time to bring in a referee or a linesman who knows the rules. We don't need technology for that, unfortunately."

Martinez continued to speak about the officials, claiming he felt sorry that the referee has to rely on the decisions his assistant gave him.

He added: "Everyone says that football can be cruel, and from our point of view that's as bad as it can get.

"I felt sorry for the referee because he relies on his linesman. As a referee you can't give that decision unless the linesman gives it to you.

“I don't know what was wrong, but it was really disappointing to see that the linesman wasn't helping the referee.

"For me to speak with them now would be a waste of time. We've had it so many times this season. It's not a matter of opinions, it’s clear calls that have been against us."

Martinez believes his side were the better team and deserved their equaliser.

However, he is afraid the late goal from Mata damaged the confidence of the team, with the away dressing room sombre post-match.

“We could have gone 16th with a point and anyone who saw the game knows that my team deserved a point today,” he continued.

"Psychologically it would have been from one extreme to another. If you get the point, you get out and do it by performing really well against Chelsea.

"The other extreme now - the dressing room is really down because after performing in the manner that we did, we didn't get a reward.”