Wigan manager Roberto Martinez hailed non-league Macclesfield for their performance after his side knocked them out of the FA Cup in a hard-fought fourth-round tie at Moss Rose.
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Jordi Gomez scored the only goal from the penalty spot in the seventh minute, but Macclesfield will feel hard done by after they had two good penalty shouts turned down.
Waide Fairhurst was bundled over in the box in the first half by Roman Golobart and the ball looked to have struck a Wigan hand in the second half, but no penalty was awarded by referee Roger East.
Martinez, whose side sit 82 places above Blue Square Bet Premier side Macclesfield in the league rankings, was pleased with the win but frustrated after the Latics were unable to kill off the tie with a second goal.
"Macclesfield are the ones who deserve huge credit," Martinez told reporters after the match.
"We knew coming here that this football team has fantastic confidence and they are having a good run in all competitions so we knew scoring the first goal would be important but we couldn't get that second goal.
"We had a couple of good opportunities to do that but Macclesfield looked strong. They always looked like a good team and know exactly what they are doing with a bit of pace in the wide areas and trickery, they defend well so I was very impressed with Macclesfield.
"I can see why they have been successful and see very good times ahead for them in the league."
Wigan, who are currently second bottom of the Barclays Premier League table, were aiming to reach the last 16 of the FA Cup for only the second time in their history, but Martinez denied progression would be to the detriment of their bid to stay in the top flight.
He said: "We have always said that if we want to be successful in any competition it is not about having 12 or 13 players but having 22 or 23 and having a stream developing with our youngsters.
"In the FA Cup we are now a team who can make nine or 10 changes and still have a team who know what they are doing with real good unity. We face every competition wanting to go as far as we can without depleting ourselves for the league.
"It was a difficult game for the referee today as there was a lot of action in both boxes and you expect that in cup competitions. There was a lot of physicality and it was a typical, typical cup game."
Martinez also revealed that striker Mauro Boselli was not included in the squad as a loan deal has been finalised with Serie A side Palermo.
"We agreed a loan period with Palermo and Mauro will go back to Italy where he had a spell with Genoa until the end of the season," Martinez said.
"That was the reason why he wasn't in the squad."
Macclesfield manager Steve King blamed East for not awarding his side a penalty in the first half which could have changed the outcome of the game.
"I'm gutted really. I think we dominated the whole game," King said.
"They had a 10-minute spell after they scored where they kept the ball. We should have had a penalty in the fist half. I've just seen it on the TV again when Waide Fairhurst got pushed straight through the back.
"How he (East) has not given that, I can't believe it. The big decisions, he got one right and he got one wrong. Theirs was a penalty, no problem, but ours was a stonewall penalty.
"As he came out at half-time I said: 'Have a look' but he wouldn't look. I said: 'My number's in there so ring me and apologise to me tomorrow' and he said: 'I will'.
"How he can't see it from 10 yards away with no bodies in the way, he's just pushed him through the back. That's a massive decision, but the flipside to that is the boys have done magnificently well. They really worked their socks off and I thought they were fantastic."