West Brom boss Roy Hodgson has stated that Roberto Martinez's Wigan side deserved deserved to win after the 1-1 draw at the DW Stadium on Saturday.
The Baggies were hoping to bounce back after being on the receiving end of a 2-0 deafeat to Manchester United defeat last week, but were only able to clinch a draw after Paul Scharner’s 65th minute goal cancelled out James McArthur’s opener 10 minutes beforehand.
Hodgson admitted that he was happy enough with a point though after Roberto Martinez’ Wigan side looked the better team for the majority of the game.
“I’ve got to be satisfied with a point and sympathise with Wigan who I thought if anyone was going to win this game they would be the ones that deserved to win it,” he told reporters.
“Apart from a brief spell in the first half I don’t think we utilised the fact that they were throwing a lot of players forward.
“We knew this was going to be a difficult game, and I don’t think we were anywhere near our best in terms of our attacking play.”
Hodgson was quick to praise his West Brom side, who managed to improve on their lacklustre first-half performance and grab a valuable away point at the expense of an impressive Latics side.
“[But I must praise] the team I work for, for their resilience, their determination, their character, their desire to get something out of this game.
“We kept going to the end and got our reward.”
Former Wigan player Scharner netted the equaliser from a corner, and Hodgson praised the team for getting the goal, and the player for not rubbing the home fans' noses in it.
“I thought we were dangerous from set plays,” Hodgson said. "It was good to get the equalising goal, good for Paul and good that he didn’t make a fuss about celebrating it.
“I think that’s to his credit and I personally admire that kind of thing.“