ALAN Pardew says Newcastle United’s visit to the DW Stadium will “live long in the memory” - for all the wrong reasons.
Pardew’s side were yesterday beaten 2-1 by Wigan Athletic, with Arouna Kone claiming all three points for Roberto Martinez’s side with a 90th-minute goal.
Referee Mark Halsey missed a handball in the build-up to the strike.
But the game’s biggest talking point was the first-half knee injury suffered by United substitute Massadio Haidara.
“I’ll just say it’s been a day that’ll live long in the memory for all the wrong reasons,” Pardew told SportMail.
Wigan’s Callum McManaman caught Haidara - who had come on for Mathieu Debuchy (hamstring) early in the game - high with a reckless lunge.
And the challenge, which went unpunished, led to a half-time confrontation between Newcastle’s assistant manager John Carver and Wigan coach Graham Barrow which continued down to the tunnel. Both were sent off.
However, Pardew, clearly upset at what had happened on the field, chose his words carefully after the game.
“I think the cameras saw all the incidents,”he said. “It speaks for itself, really. I don’t want to say anything more, as I’ll only get myself in trouble.”
Haidara’s injury was today being assessed, and United fear the left-back, signed from Nancy in January, will miss the rest of the season with ligament damage.
“It looks like he’s done knee ligaments,” added Pardew. “He’s got terrible bruising.
“It’s not a nice feeling having one of your players going to a hospital for a tackle that’s gone unpunished.”
Jean Beausejour gave Wigan an 18th-minute lead, which was cancelled out by a strike from Davide Santon after the break.
Kone struck in the last few seconds of normal time to leave United still needing seven points to secure its Premier League status for another season.