Wigan Athletic signed off from their pre-season training camp in Austria with a 1-1 draw in the picturesque town of Feffernitz against Bulgarian outfit PFC Minyor Pernik. Latics could have, and probably should have, won the game but for a late goal from substitute Atanas Nikolov after Hugo Rogallega had given Martinez’s side an 11th minute lead.

PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY – FEFFERNITZ – Friday July 24th 2009
 
PFC MINYOR PERNIK
Nikolov 83
1-1
WIGAN ATHLETIC
Rogallega 11

Latics took the lead through Hugo Rodallega who rose to head home a superbly taken Jordi Gomez free kick with 10 minutes on the clock.

Lee Cattermole forced Ivan Cvorovic into a fine save with his shot from the edge of the area.

Tomasz Kupisz replaced Rachid Bouaouzan in the 18th minute after the Dutch midfielder pick up a slight injury and the young Pole provided a superb ball into the Minyor area to find Rodallega but the Colombian’s head sailed narrowily over.

Martinez continued with his tact of making wholesale changes during the break with no fewer than five substitutions.

Ben Watson, introduced in place of Lee Cattermole in the heart of midfield, proved a handful for Anton Velkov’s side feeding excellent balls through to Jordi Gomez and Daniel de Ridder to run on to but neither could find a finishing touch.

Martinez introduced Joe Holt and Jonathan Routledge for the final 20 minutes of the game with de Ridder and Gomez making way for the two youngsters.

With just a matter of minutes remaining Minyor grabbed a late equaliser leaving Wigan without a win to date during this pre-season campaign when substitute Atanas Nikolov sent a low drive past Pollitt.

Both sides could have snatched a winner with Tomasz Cwyka testing Ivaylo Ivanov and at the other end Dimitar Mutafov tried his luck from 25 yards but Pollitt collected comfortably.

Despite his side failing to hang on for their first win under his command Martinez remained positive and speaking to the official website said: “There were real signs of progress out there tonight. I was pleased with the momentum and some of the chances we created were excellent. We maybe just needed that little bit more sharpness in front of goal, but that will come the more we play.”

Referee: Tanja Schett
Attendance: 200
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PFC MINYOR PERNIKWIGAN ATHLETIC
91Ivan Cvorovic Mike Pollitt
32Kostadin Markov Emmerson Boyce
2Vasil Bojikov Titus Bramble
21Kostadin Hazurov Maynor Figueroa
3Adrian Olegov Erik Edman
8Rumen Trifonov Daniel de Ridder
15Dimitar Mutafov Lee Cattermole
 Velimir Ivanovic Hendry Thomas
 

Lyubomir Vitanov

 Rachid Bouaouzan
23Hristo Gospodinov Jordi Gomez
14Ivaylo Cvetkov Hugo Rodallega
SUBS
99Ivaylo Ivanov Chris Kirkland
6Danny Zlatkov Mario Melchiot
 Atanas Nikolov Paul Scharner
 Lyubomir Vitanov Won-Hee Cho
7Valmir Ben Watson
   Tomasz Cwyka
   Tomasz Kupisz
   Joe Holt
   Jonathan Routledge
TIMELINE
11′  

Goal Hugo Rodallega

18′Player Off Kostadin Markov
Player On Danny Zlatkov
 

 

20′  

Player Off Rachid Bouaouzan
Player On Tomasz Kupisz

46′Player Off Ivan Cvorovic
Player On Ivaylo Ivanov
 

 

46′  Player Off Emmerson Boyce
Player On Mario Melchiot
46′  Player Off Erik Edman
Player On Paul Scharner
46′  

Player Off Lee Cattermole
Player On Ben Watson

46′  Player Off Hendry Thomas
Player On Won-Hee Cho
46′  

Player Off Hugo Rodallega
Player On Tomasz Cwyka

70′  

Player Off Daniel de Ridder
Player On Joe Holt

70′  

Player Off Jordi Gomez
Player On Jonathan Routledge

83′Goal Atanas Nikolov