- Published on Monday, 18 March 2013 10:22
LONDON: Manager Alan Pardew struggled to contain his anger at Callum McManaman's "awful" tackle on Massadio Haidara in Newcastle's 2-1 defeat at Wigan on Sunday.
Wigan striker McManaman, on his first Premier League start, caused outrage with a reckless knee-high challenge on Haidara, who was reported to be in too much pain to have the injury assessed after the game.
Pardew later revealed that referee Mark Halsey, who did not even book McManaman, had apologized at half time for missing the challenge.
Pardew's annoyance was compounded in the final minute when Arouna Kone slotted in the winner after a goalmouth scramble, with the Newcastle players all appealing for handball on Maynor Figueroa.
"It is an awful challenge. The pictures speak for themselves," said Pardew to Sky Sports.
"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 apologize' - 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 said: "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."
Pardew also has concerns over fullback 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."