Boselli on target in friendly, again

Mauro Boselli scored in Thursday night's friendly against Botev Plovdiv
Mauro Boselli scored in Thursday night's friendly against Botev Plovdiv

MAURO Boselli made it two goals in two pre-season outings last night as Latics drew 2-2 with Botev Plovdiv in the second match of their Austrian tour.

The Argentinian scored within eight minutes of his half-time introduction to put Latics back in front, but it wasn’t enough as the Bulgarian Premier League side twice came from behind to share the spoils.

“It’s about the group at the moment, but I was pleased for Mauro,” boss Roberto Martinez told the Evening Post after the game.

“He’s a goalscorer and goalscorers are never happy unless they score.”

Wigan’s opening goal had been netted by David Jones, a quite magnificent effort from a free-kick on the edge of the penalty area.

After a touch from James McCarthy, Jones flicked the ball up before volleying it into the top right-hand corner for his first goal in a Latics shirt.

I was pleased for David – it was a real nice bit of quality,” Martinez added.

“He is fit again now after a difficult season and he feels almost like a new addition.”

Martinez would have been less pleased with Latics twice losing the lead, Ivan Cvetkov grabbing both of Plovdiv’s goals – the second from the penalty spot, but the positives still outweighed the negatives with Latics building on their 3-1 victory over local side Micheldorf on Tuesday night.

“This was a totally different level for us,” Martinez recognised.

“It was a very good work-out in conditions that changed as the game progressed, from hot and sunny at the start to overcast and humid, then the floodlights came on.

“Plovdiv are enjoying a good moment having been promoted to the Bulgarian Premier League, and the challenge they posed us was something we haven’t encountered yet this pre-season.

“They were sharp and focused and probably a little way ahead of us fitness-wise, but I thought we handled it well.

“We rotated the players to give as many as we could time on the pitch, and it was a very useful exercise which taught us a lot.”

Meanwhile Latics will push ahead with their efforts to land Real Mallorca centre-half Ivan Ramis.

The rumour-mill was rife last night with speculation that an improved Latics bid had gone in, as Martinez bids to bolster his squad ahead of the new season.