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.

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HANNOVER 96
Rosenthal 8
1-1
WIGAN ATHLETIC
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
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HANNOVER 96 WIGAN ATHLETIC
1Robert Enke Chris Kirkland
5Mario Eggimann Mario Melchiot
9Mike Hanke Emmerson Boyce
10Arnold Bruggink Paul Scharner
14Hanno Balitsch Erik Edman
20Jacek Krzynówek Charles N’Zogbia
21Karim Haggui Michael Brown
24Jiri Stajner Ben Watson
26Jan Rosenthal Hendry Thomas
33Manuel Schmiedebach Rachid Bouaouzan
34Konstantin Rausch Oliver Kapo
SUBS
2Vinicius Bergantin Mike Pollitt
6Steven Cherundolo Tomasz Cywka
7Sergio Pinto Titus Bramble
8Altin Lala Maynor Figueroa
15Constant Djakpa Daniel de Ridder
22Valdet Rama Lee Cattermole
28Leon Balogun Won-Hee Cho
32Mikael Forssell Jason Koumas
   Hugo Rodallega
   Joe Holt
   Jonathan Routledge
TIMELINE
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
46′  

Player Off Charles N’Zogbia
Player On Daniel de Ridder

46′  Player Off Michael Browm
Player On Lee Cattermole
46′  

Player Off Ben Watson
Player On Won-Hee Cho

46′  

Player Off Rachid Bouaouzan
Player On Jason Koumas

46′  

Player Off Tomasz Kupisz
Player On Hugo Rodallega

57′Player Off Arnold Bruggink
Player On Valdet Rama
  
83′  

Player Off Tomasz Cywka
Player On Mario Melchiot

 Yellow Card Manuel Schmiedebach  
 Yellow Card Sergio Pinto