ROBERTO Martinez declared last night’s 3-1 friendly victory over Austrian outfit Micheldorf a “perfect, perfect exercise”.
Goals from Mauro Boselli, Victor Moses and Callum McManaman ensured Latics kicked off their pre-season programme in the right manner.
In truth, the winning margin could have been five or six goals, such was Wigan’s dominance.
But Martinez was delighted with all aspects of the run-out in the picturesque setting of the Austrian mountains.
“It was very important we had an 11-a-side run-out after all the training drills we have been doing,” Martinez told the Evening Post within seconds of the final whistle.
“Everyone apart from James McArthur – who has a knock - played a part, and it was just the kind if intensity I was looking for.
“We have another two games coming up in the next four days, which will hopefully allow the players to reach an optimum level of fitness.” Martinez was reluctant to single out anyone for special praise from what was essentially a training-ground exercise.
But he did admit seeing Boselli – the Argentinian striker who’s spent three-quarters of his two-year spell at Wigan out on loan – open the scoring was pleasing.
“It was great to see Mauro adapting to the group and doing what he does best – scoring goals,” the Wigan boss added.
“It wasn’t a night to be highlighting anyone individually, but to see a striker scoring a goal like he did gives everyone great confidence.
“I’ve been very pleased with the way he has integrated himself back into the group – it’s like he’s never been away.
“He’s applied himself very well, he’s connected very well with the boys he didn’t know from before, and it gives us another great option.”
Meanwhile, Martinez confirmed former Latics star Emile Heskey is training with the Development Squad back at Christopher Park to maintain his fitness levels. The 34-year-old is a free agent after leaving Aston Villa this summer, and has been linked with Championship side Ipswich.