N’Zogbia admits disallowed goal woes

Latics went down 2-1 at Ewood Park but Frenchman N’Zogbia thought

he had given his side the lead in the first-half only for referee

Kevin Friend to rule his effort out, awarding a foul on Morten

Gamst Pedersen in the build-up. Manager Roberto Martinez expressed

his bemusement at the decision in the wake of the defeat and

N’Zogbia, 24, also insists it was an error. He told the Wigan

Evening Post: “I was very, very frustrated with the referee’s

decision. “All I was looking at was the ball, and all I was

concentrating on was trying to score a goal. “Their defender was

just standing in front of me, but I don’t even think I fouled him.

“I just played the ball, put it into the back of the net, and the

referee called it a foul. “I asked the referee what I did wrong and

he told me I pushed him – but I didn’t.” The result leaves Wigan

languishing in 18th in the Premier League but N’Zogbia believes

there were positives to take from the Rovers defeat. “I don’t think

we played too badly,” he added. “We played our usual game and were

on top for most of the game. But they managed to score from a

free-kick, which was a silly free-kick for us to give away. “If we

don’t give them that free-kick, they don’t score the goal. We made

it easy for them by giving them what they wanted. “Free-kicks like

that were the only way they were going to hurt us, and the goal

also gave them a belief that I don’t think they had before that

point. “We knew what we had to do – be careful with our tackling

around the penalty box – and we didn’t do that. “That meant we now

have a feeling that we don’t deserve. But that’s football.”