LATICS boss Roberto Martinez was delighted with his squad after they concluded their latest Austrian adventure with a hugely creditable 1-1 draw against Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim in Bad Wimsbach.
Latics left Austria boasting an unbeaten three-game stint, with revitalised striker Mauro Boselli again the man to thank as he smashed home an instintive finish to hand Martinez’s men the lead.
That was Boselli’s third goal in as many pre-season fixtures.
Hoffenheim’s equaliser from French centre-back Matthieu Delpierre five minutes before the interval was followed by a dominant second-half display by the Germans. However, Latics weathered the storm well.
Martinez said: “In the first half I thought we passed the ball around really well.
“And once again Mauro showed that he is a player who has an instinctive eye for goal.
“It was a completely different match in the second half with both teams making a lot of changes, but I was pleased with the way the defence played.
“Emmerson Boyce – our most experienced player – led by example.”
Overall, Martinez revealed that the Austrian trip had once again proved very fruitful.
The Latics manager added: “Austria was a wonderful way to up the pre-season preparations.
“There was some really good work achieved in great surroundings.
“The mountain air is great to work in and the games we played were exactly right in terms of each one being a higher level than the one before.
“For the players, a tour like this is a chance to focus entirely on football.
“There are no distractions, and I know they are all felling the benefits of it.
“We’ve come away from the week with a really positive feeling and we will be ready to go again this week back in Wigan.”
Meanwhile, Real Mallorca have announced they have reached an agreement with Premier League new boys West Ham for the transfer of defender Ivan Ramis.
The 27-year-old Ramis has recently been linked with a number of English clubs including Latics, Aston Villa and Sunderland.