What Jonathan Woodgate and Paul Cook said about the officials after Middlesbrough's eventful draw at Wigan

Jonathan Woodgate during Middlesbrough's 1-1 draw at Wigan.Jonathan Woodgate during Middlesbrough's 1-1 draw at Wigan.
Jonathan Woodgate during Middlesbrough's 1-1 draw at Wigan. | 2020 Getty Images
Jonathan Woodgate and Paul Cook both questioned the match officials following Middlesbrough’s 2-2 draw with Wigan at the DW Stadium.

Referee Oliver Langford dished out 11 yellow cards, two of which were shown to Latics defender Chey Dunkley who was sent off in the 62nd minute.

After falling behind to Samy Morsy’s first-half strike, Boro took control after the red card and went ahead through two Lewis Wing goals.

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Yet the 10-man hosts rescued a point 14 minutes from time when defender Harold Moukoudi headed into his own net.

When asked about the officials after the match, Woodgate said: "I don't really want to talk about the officials to be honest.

“It was a typical Championship game, end to end. I thought when Wigan took the lead we started dominating the game. They sat back and we started dominating the game. We went 2-1 up and then looked to be in the ascendancy and then a freak own goal makes it 2-2.

“I can’t knock my players and I thought at times in the game we moved the ball quick and looked quite slick. We need to have that slickness but also be difficult to beat when we go 2-1 up, especially with 10 men.

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“I don’t want to talk about the officials. I don’t want to get fined.”

Woodgate also felt Ashley Fletcher’s disallowed goal should have stood when the game was still goalless.

"It was a yard onside,” said the Boro boss. “Have a look back on the replay.

"I'm not going to talk about it, but we should be 1-0 up and it's difficult for Wigan to come back.

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"Honestly, I want to be professional and not say things I will regret.”

Wigan boss Cook also restrained himself when discussing the referee’s performance.

"I think it was a competitive, committed game,” said Cook.

“I think there was 10 bookings in a game where there hasn't been a bad challenge. We feel aggrieved at decisions going against us when we are 1-0 up but I think they showed great conviction to get a result."