Wigan boss Martinez slams referee after loss to Everton

The Latics manager insisted he was "bemused" by Lee Mason's refusal to award his side a penalty after Shaun Maloney went down in the box during a 2-1 loss to the Toffees

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez says he was "bemused" by his side's failure to win a penalty in their 2-1 loss to Everton on Boxing Day.

The Latics remain in the Premier League relegation zone after goals from Leon Osman and Phil Jagielka condemned them to defeat, with Arouna Kone netting a late consolation.

But Martinez was incensed by Lee Mason's decision not to award Shaun Maloney a spot-kick in the second half, when the Scot appeared to be tripped in the box by Leon Osman with the score at 1-0.

He told reporters: "It was a great piece of skill and he goes past him with ease. I haven’t got any player who looks for penalties or dives. We’ve been given six penalties already this season and it is a shame that we didn’t get a decision that Shaun Maloney deserved there. 

"There’s clearly contact. It’s a great drop of shoulder, a step-over and then Osman sticks his leg out. I was bemused that he didn’t give the decision. From where [the referee] was he’s got a perfect angle and it’s hard to understand."

The Spaniard did take positives from the game at Goodison Park, however, insisting his side's performance deserved more.

"I thought the scoreline is hard to take for us. We knew that Goodison Park is a tough place and Everton are unbeaten this season but if you watch the game you do feel that we deserve a positive result," he added.

"There is a point that the difference in the two boxes was very, very clear. The first goal is a great moment of luck for Everton; there is a deflection and not much you can do. 

"I like the response that we had, I like the character that we showed. The key action [was] the penalty which is a real clear incident. It’s no good feeling sorry for ourselves, we need to get even better."

Everton boss David Moyes later conceded that his side were perhaps fortunate not to give away a penalty but claimed the decision was not clear cut.

He said: "From where I was I thought it looked like a penalty kick but when you see it again there is a bit of debate [over] was there any contact or not. Sitting in the dugout I thought ‘this looks like a penalty’."

The 49-year-old went on to hail the Toffees' performance, but lamented their inability to keep a clean sheet.

"Wigan are a good footballing team and they’ll cause a lot of teams problems because they can play in different ways, they’ll be hard for a lot of teams to play against this year," he continued.

"I was disappointed we didn’t keep a clean sheet but for the goal it’s an incredible handball which puts the ball into Kone’s path to score but that sometimes happens. We’re not saying an awful lot about it but he knocks it right in front of himself."