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Caldwell: Supporters influenced ref

Wigan defender Steven Caldwell felt referee Martin Atkinson's crucial decisions were influenced by the huge Old Trafford crowd in Saturday's 2-0 defeat to Manchester United.

Captain Antolin Alcaraz was dismissed for a second bookable offence after half-time, while striker Hugo Rodallega also saw red two minutes later and Charles N'Zogbia was denied what the Latics felt was a clear penalty with the score still goalless.

"I wasn't even worried he [Alcaraz] might go off for the [second] challenge, to be honest,'' Caldwell told the Wigan Evening Post. "There were tackles flying in from their side - and I know I'm biased - that weren't getting punished, and could possibly have been bookings.

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