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.
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|