Brian McDermott says decisions went against Reading in defeat to Wigan
Reading manager Brian McDermott was disappointed by decisions he feels did not go his side's way in defeat to Wigan.
By Tim Oscroft
Last Updated: 24/02/13 9:02am
The Royals crashed to a 3-0 defeat at home, and had striker Pavel Pogrebnyak sent off with 35 minutes remaining.
Wigan's Arouna Kone scored twice in two minutes just before half-time and Maynor Figueroa extended the lead before Reading's Russian striker was shown a straight red card for a foul on the same player.
However McDermott felt an infringement in the lead-up to Kone's first goal, and Phil Dowd's decision to dismiss Pogrebnyak were unjust.
"There was a handball, an absolute nailed-on handball, then their guy headed it in," said McDermott of the first goal.
"The second goal was a poor one from our point of view. They got the third, then Pavel got sent off so obviously it was a bad day.
"With Pavel's sending off, the referee feels it was a poor tackle, that's his decision. Having said that, we have had a bad day, we cannot say that Wigan were not the better side.
"He's made a choice, he thinks it was a dangerous tackle, Pavel's just dangled a leg there and caught him. The referee thinks it was a red card, that it was a dangerous tackle. I know Pavel Pogrebnyak, he is not a dangerous player whatsoever."