Wigan managed a very respectable 1-1 draw after coming from behind, but could very easily have won this, leaving Martinez waiting for his first win.

Rosenthal 8
Melchiot 11

After falling behind after 8 minutes, Mario Melchiot headed an equaliser just 3 minutes later from a Charles N’Zogbia corner. Man of the match Jason Koumas seemed like a brand new player, doing everything we know he is capable of.

Martinez seems to be getting a lot more out of players like Koumas and Bouaouzan; it was a shot from the latter that forced the Hanover keeper into a fantastic save to give us a corner. Ben Watson flung in a wicked ball that was cleared off the line for a second corner which led to the equalising goal.

After equalising from that corner Latics went on to play past the German outfit, but couldn’t find a way through. In the second half Koumas was on fire and also could have scored twice but for some great defending.

At the other end, Mike Pollitt yet again played out of his skin and saved Latics neck a couple of times. Koumas, de Ridder and Gomez all tested the Hanover keeper, but alas the game ended as a draw, leaving Bobby waiting for his long awaited first win.

Bobby said about the game: “The end product is still missing, but it’s early days, the players are still getting used to a change in approach.

“But we’re talking about real quality players here, it will come. We are not asking them to do anything they are not capable of, just to think a little differently. I am pleased with the fact that things are beginning to take shape, and that I see signs of progress.”

Martinez went on “Don’t think that the team will be taking a break whilst over here, even after a tough game like that, they’ll be in the gym at 8.am”

Referee: Anke Schett
Attendance: 250
1 Robert Enke   Chris Kirkland
5 Mario Eggimann   Mario Melchiot
9 Mike Hanke   Emmerson Boyce
10 Arnold Bruggink   Paul Scharner
14 Hanno Balitsch   Erik Edman
20 Jacek Krzynówek   Charles N’Zogbia
21 Karim Haggui   Michael Brown
24 Jiri Stajner   Ben Watson
26 Jan Rosenthal   Hendry Thomas
33 Manuel Schmiedebach   Rachid Bouaouzan
34 Konstantin Rausch   Oliver Kapo
2 Vinicius Bergantin   Mike Pollitt
6 Steven Cherundolo   Tomasz Cywka
7 Sergio Pinto   Titus Bramble
8 Altin Lala   Maynor Figueroa
15 Constant Djakpa   Daniel de Ridder
22 Valdet Rama   Lee Cattermole
28 Leon Balogun   Won-Hee Cho
32 Mikael Forssell   Jason Koumas
      Hugo Rodallega
      Joe Holt
      Jonathan Routledge
8′ Goal Jan Rosenthal    
11′     Goal Mario Melchiot
29′ Player Off Mike Hanke
Player On Mikael Forssell
32′     Player Off Olivier Kapo
Player On Tomasz Kupisz
46′ Player Off Manuel Schmiedebach
Player On Steven Cherundolo
46′ Player Off Haggui
Player On Vinicius Bergantin
46′ Player Off Konstantin Rausch
Player On Constant Djakpa
46′ Player Off Hanno Balitsch
Player On Altin Lala
46′ Player Off Jan Rosenthal
Player On Sergio Pinto
46′     Player Off Chris Kirkland
Player On Mike Pollitt
46′     Player Off Emmerson Boyce
Player On Titus Bramble
46′     Player Off Erik Edman
Player On Maynor Figueroa

Player Off Charles N’Zogbia
Player On Daniel de Ridder

46′     Player Off Michael Browm
Player On Lee Cattermole

Player Off Ben Watson
Player On Won-Hee Cho


Player Off Rachid Bouaouzan
Player On Jason Koumas


Player Off Tomasz Kupisz
Player On Hugo Rodallega

57′ Player Off Arnold Bruggink
Player On Valdet Rama

Player Off Tomasz Cywka
Player On Mario Melchiot

  Yellow Card Manuel Schmiedebach    
  Yellow Card Sergio Pinto