Wigan boss Roberto Martinez described Karl Henry`s scything challenge as the worst tackle he had seen at the DW Stadium and admitted he feared Jordi Gomez had broken his leg.
The Wolves captain was duly sent off after only 11 minutes, with Gomez then opening the scoring midway through the second half before Hugo Rodallega wrapped up a valuable 2-0 win with a late second.
But the game`s talking point was Henry`s challenge, with Wanderers boss Mick McCarthy making no attempt to defend it. And Martinez said: "It wasn't just the first contact. Karl catches Jordi with his knee, he comes with real force and you fear the worst. I felt it was a broken leg. He was a very fortunate man."
Gomez himself was surprisingly magnanimous about the challenge, saying on Sky Sports 2: "It was a hard tackle but hopefully I'm okay."
Martinez did not feel the red card helped his side, with memories of their 1-1 draw against Sunderland in similar circumstances still fresh, and he was proud of the way the Latics came through in the second half.
He said: "I didn't want to see that situation happening. The crowd got anxious, you feel that you're going to win without knowing how. But the second half was completely different. I was extremely proud of the players, how they found the solutions, how they learned from the last experience against Sunderland, and we created many chances."