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Latics boss disappointed not to take all three points

Wigan Athletic manager Roberto Martinez was proud of his players' performance as they came back from an early Fernando Torres goal to earn a point against Liverpool at the DW Stadium.

The visitors started very quickly and opened the scoring in the seventh minute but Wigan came back into the match and dominated the game, and were unlucky not to take all three points.

“I felt that in the first 15 minutes we weren’t in the game at all,” Martinez said after the game.

“We started very sloppy, very slow. We didn’t do what we wanted to do to stop Liverpool and we got heavily punished as you would expect against world class players.

"But after that I was extremely pleased with the way we controlled the game, imposed ourselves and created the better chances and we looked after the ball really well I felt.

"The last 20 minutes of the first half and especially the second half you feel that when you do [dominate] that against a Liverpool side you expect to get the reward of the three points but I’m extremely proud of the players."

And the Spaniard hailed the character shown by his players, who had suffered defeat in their last two matches, to come back against the in-form Reds and come so close to taking all three points.

He continued: “It would have been very easy to have felt sorry for ourselves and allow Liverpool to win the game.

“It was everything but that, the players are really disappointed, really frustrated in the dressing room and that fills me with pride and shows the characters we’ve got at this football club.”

Martinez praised the finish by his compatriot Torres and the pass from Gerrard but admitted he was disappointed the England midfielder was given so much time to deliver the killer pass.

“You have to give credit to Liverpool but I felt it [the goal] was self inflicted, the first 15 minutes, all the things we had to do we didn’t do, we started sloppy,” he said.

“If you look at the goal it’s a clinical pass from Steven Gerrard, you’re not going to see Steven Gerrard have three seconds on the ball in many games this season because that’s not something you can allow to do but after that I felt we kept the ball really, really well.

“We had better possession than Liverpool, we had the best opportunities and we got back into the scoreline with a very good goal from open play which is going to be difficult against a Liverpool side who are full of confidence.

"They had four straight wins but I just feel we were the better, that’s something that pleases me a lot and it will allow us to work to Saturday now.”

Charles N’Zogbia and Hugo Rodallega inspired Wigan in the second half and the Colombian got the goal to get them back into the game, and had things gone their way either could have won the game.

He concluded: “It’s a little bit disappointing because it’s happened too many times now [playing well and not winning].

“If you look back in the last five games, apart from Fulham where we didn’t deserve anything, we were the better side and we didn’t get the points that our performance deserved. That’s a little bit disappointing but that’s where we are now.”

“We need to make sure we bring the know-how, the little bit of understanding and that little bit of luck you always need in football.

"But the character we’ve shown going one nil down, and the way we’ve performed for the majority of the game it just shows you that we’ve got the potential and clear determination to fulfil our potential and that pleases me a lot.”

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