Maribor 2 Wigan Athletic 1 match report: Uwe Rösler in a rage as penalty and red card cost Wigan so dear

 

STADION LJUDSKI

Wigan boss Uwe Rösler accused Polish referee Szymon Marciniak of costing his side a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League. Rösler’s first game in charge of the Latics ended in disappointment as defeat in Slovenia brought their first European campaign to a disappointing close.

Jordi Gomez gave the visitors the lead from the penalty spot in the 41st minute but moments later Maribor won their own penalty when Chris McCann was deemed to have handled Damjan Bohar’s shot.

Marciniak showed McCann a second yellow card and, although Scott Carson tipped Dejan Mezga’s spot-kick onto the post, the same player got to the rebound first to score.

Zeljko Filipovic grabbed the winner in the 59th minute with a superb strike into the top corner to ensure it was Maribor and not Wigan who progressed to the last 32.

Rösler , who left Brentford to succeed Owen Coyle on Saturday, said: “It was a deflected ball that led to a penalty, which could be discussed, but even worse was it leading to a sending off.

“He shot from a very close distance on to his thigh and from his thigh the ball bounced onto his arm. First of all, it’s not a penalty for me, and second of all, never a sending-off. I think the referee didn’t have his best day, he influenced the game in a massive way.

“He looked to me very inexperienced; he made a lot of errors. I’m very proud of my players, not only with the way they played but they never gave up. In the last minutes it was one-way traffic.

 “I think everybody in the stadium would agree that we were the far better team. With no sending-off, we would have won the game.”

Marciniak laid out his stall early with bookings for Roger Espinoza and McCann, but Rösler added: “I didn’t have a good feeling, and not when the referee gave the two yellow cards but when the game started.

“My players deserved better, that’s all I can say about the referee. I’m very happy with the way we performed. I couldn’t see them scoring.”

News
peoplePair enliven the Emirates bore-draw
Arts and Entertainment
tvPoldark episode 8, review
News
Britain's opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband (R) and Boris Johnson, mayor of London, talk on the Andrew Marr show in London April 26
General electionAndrew Marr forced to intervene as Boris and Miliband clash on TV
News
news
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

General Election 2015: Chuka Umunna on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband

Chuka Umunna: A virus of racism runs through Ukip

The shadow business secretary on the benefits of immigration, humility – and his leader Ed Miliband
Yemen crisis: This exotic war will soon become Europe's problem

Yemen's exotic war will soon affect Europe

Terrorism and boatloads of desperate migrants will be the outcome of the Saudi air campaign, says Patrick Cockburn
Marginal Streets project aims to document voters in the run-up to the General Election

Marginal Streets project documents voters

Independent photographers Joseph Fox and Orlando Gili are uploading two portraits of constituents to their website for each day of the campaign
Game of Thrones: Visit the real-life kingdom of Westeros to see where violent history ends and telly tourism begins

The real-life kingdom of Westeros

Is there something a little uncomfortable about Game of Thrones shooting in Northern Ireland?
How to survive a social-media mauling, by the tough women of Twitter

How to survive a Twitter mauling

Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
Samuel West interview: The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents

Samuel West interview

The actor and director on austerity, unionisation, and not mentioning his famous parents
General Election 2015: Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Imagine if the leading political parties were fashion labels

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, on what the leaders' appearances tell us about them
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka: Home can be the unsafest place for women

The architect of the HeForShe movement and head of UN Women on the world's failure to combat domestic violence
Public relations as 'art'? Surely not

Confessions of a former PR man

The 'art' of public relations is being celebrated by the V&A museum, triggering some happy memories for DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef succumbs to his sugar cravings with super-luxurious sweet treats

Bill Granger's luxurious sweet treats

Our chef loves to stop for 30 minutes to catch up on the day's gossip, while nibbling on something sweet
London Marathon 2015: Paula Radcliffe and the mother of all goodbyes

The mother of all goodbyes

Paula Radcliffe's farewell to the London Marathon will be a family affair
Everton vs Manchester United: Steven Naismith demands 'better' if Toffees are to upset the odds against United

Steven Naismith: 'We know we must do better'

The Everton forward explains the reasons behind club's decline this season
Arsenal vs Chelsea: Praise to Arsene Wenger for having the courage of his convictions

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Praise to Wenger for having the courage of his convictions