Pardew hits out at sickening McManaman challenge
It was McManaman’s first Premier League start for the Latics, and he caused outrage when he lunged in with a knee high tackle on Haidara, who wouldn’t let physio’s assess his injury after the game, as he was said to be in too much pain.
Sky Sports reports that Toon boss later revealed that referee Mark Halsey apologised about missing the challenge at half time.
Things got worse for Pardew minutes from the end of the game as a blatant handball from a corner went unnoticed and lead to Wigan’s winner.
“It is an awful challenge. The pictures speak for themselves,” said Pardew. “I thought it was a bad challenge and I was 60 yards from the incident.
“The players knew because they were on top of it and there was a lot of bad feeling about that incident when it goes unpunished. He (Halsey) said ‘If I’ve missed it I apologise’ – that was at half time.
“My job was to calm the players at half-time, not go looking for retribution, and try to win the second half – which to all intents and purposes we did.
“But again there’s a decision at the end where we should have had a corner, it goes up the other end and there’s a handball – that is tough to take.”
When asked about the extent of Haidara’s injury, Pardew added: “The doctor assessed him quickly before he was scuttled away to be assessed later.
“It looks like knee ligaments and bad bruising and that’s the best we can hope for.”
The Newcastle boss also has concerns over full-back Mathieu Debuchy who limped off with a hamstring injury and was replaced by Haidara.
“We will send him to France (for this week’s international duty) for them to assess him but we think he will be on his way back,” he said.
“We don’t think it is a particularly bad tear – a strain hopefully.”
Things turned sour at half time as Newcastle assistant John Carver and Wigan coach Graham Barrow got sent to the stands following a bust up over the challenge.
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez said that McManaman would contact Haidara to make an apology.
“Remember it’s Callum’s full debut in the Premier League. I haven’t seen the replay, I believe that he touches the ball and then it’s a bad challenge, but it’s nothing malicious, he’s not that sort of boy,” Martinez told Sky Sports.
“It’s the normal enthusiasm that you get in your debut.
“I can’t really comment too much because I haven’t seen the action but I can guarantee that Callum McManaman is a young man full of talent and in his debut probably showed the enthusiasm that you expect, but he’s not a malicious player.”
Regarding an apology, Martinez said: “I think he wants to contact the player. I don’t know if he’s done it already but he will do that because when you get an injury in that manner you obviously don’t want to leave any bad feelings.
“If Callum hasn’t apologised yet then he definitely will do that because we’re a football club where those values are very important.”