Neil Harris was clearly fed up. His Bluebirds extended their unbeaten Championship run to seven matches and moved a point closer to the play-off positions, but Harris believed crucial decisions had gone against them.
He wasn’t his usual charming self, and even appeared to cut short the press conference when he opted to leave.
Even Wigan manager Paul Cook had sympathy for Harris’ view, admitting Cardiff had reason to feel aggrieved because of the late decision when captain Sean Morrison had a ‘goal’ disallowed.
Harris picked out ‘four big decisions’ which went against the Bluebirds in a 2-2 draw which could so easily have been a home victory.
Referee John Brooks twice turned down strong penalty appeals and booked Welsh International Lee Evans for a bad challenge on Will Vaulks when Harris felt it was a red card offence.
“If it was VAR, it’s a red card all day long,” he said. “We’re talking about 10 seconds into the game and it’s a dangerous tackle. Does Evo just get his timing wrong? Probably.
“Do you expect a referee to send a player off after 15 seconds? No, you don’t. Is it a red card challenge? Yes, it is.”
Cardiff travel to play Stoke City in their next Championship fixture on Saturday, while they then have back-to-back home games against Nottingham Forest and Brentford.
Wigan led twice – their goals scored by former Cardiff transfer target Kiefer Moore with Josh Murphy and Marlon Pack replying.
“Time and time again our character has shone through,” said Harris. “
“Wigan came to compete and we stood strong against them. I pride my team on being a hardworking, workmanlike side that put their all into every game.
“We like to come out on the front foot and have an aggressive approach.
“We’ve earned seven points in a week, and sometimes you have to accept that it wasn’t in our favour, which is why we couldn’t make it nine.
“If we can keep producing that mentality of being able to score from whatever the situation dictates, then we’re going to be a difficult team to beat going forward.”
He concluded: “We’ll take the seven points and now we look forward to Stoke City next week.”
Wigan were aggressive and physical in midfield with Pack saying: “It was tough for Will [Vaulks] and I to get on the ball. It was more of a second ball game, trying to get the distances right to support Tommo [Lee Tomlin] and Pato [Callum Paterson].
“Conditions didn’t help.
“This league is relentless. it’s a tough division and we’re staying in touching distance, going about our business quietly and hopefully gathering momentum towards the end of the season.”
Cardiff were far from their best, but they battled to earn something from the game against strugglers Wigan and came out with a point.
Wigan are 22nd in the Championship table, one place behind next weekend’s City opponents Stoke City.
The Bluebirds, though, are glancing upwards and aiming to break into play-off places by the end of this season. Now that would be a triumph for Harris and his players.