NEWCASTLE manager Alan Pardew admitted seeing his side slump to defeat against Wigan in controversial circumstances had been hard to take.
The Magpies were left aggrieved by two key incidents at the DW Stadium as the Latics boosted their survival hopes with a 2-1 victory.
The first incident saw Wigan striker Callum McManaman escape any punishment for a reckless knee-high challenge on Newcastle substitute Massadio Haidara, who had to be stretchered from the pitch.
The Newcastle bench became even more annoyed in the 90th minute when Arouna Kone netted Wigan's winner after it appeared home defender Maynor Figueroa had handled the ball in the build-up.
Pardew said: "I'm disappointed for our team and for Wigan in a way, disappointed how it was conducted. The tackle was awful, and we've lost the game in the last minute to what I think is a handball, and also got a boy going to hospital. All I would say is my team have put in an honest performance and we're very, very unlucky to come away with nothing.
"We also feel we should have had a corner before the goal. It's just unbelievable really, the decisions just seemed to go against us."
When asked how Haidara was, Pardew, who revealed referee Mark Halsey had apologised to him at half-time for missing the McManaman challenge, said: "Well, it's not going to be good because the tackle was so bad. And that's the truth of it."