New boys impress in Mallorca defeat

Fraser Fyvie on the ball as Wigan Athletic take on Mallorca in a pre-season friendly
Fraser Fyvie on the ball as Wigan Athletic take on Mallorca in a pre-season friendly

LATICS boss Roberto Martinez remained upbeat despite his side’s 2-0 defeat to Real Mallorca.

In what was a tough test for his players that ended their unbeaten run in pre-season, many of his players played the full 90 minutes.

For much of yesterday’s game, Latics were in control but two smart moves from the La Liga outfit was the difference on the scoresheet.

Like most friendlies though, Martinez insists that the game was about raising fitness levels and giving the players a longer period of playing time than the previous match.

“It’s the type of exercise we needed,” he said.

“We’re starting to get to the point where we need to play 90 minutes, I felt many of the players needed that.

“I’m really, really happy, they are a high standard team in terms of the way they defend.

“We just need to take the good work we’ve done in pre-season into the period where we have to sharpen and try to find the perfect performance for Chelsea.”

Before that season opener on August 19, Latics will fly out to Spanish side Celta Vigo for their final friendly.

Ivan Ramis played 45 minutes against Real Mallorca, the club he left to join Wigan for last week.

Fellow newboy Fraser Fyvie made a brief appearance towards the end of the game and Martinez says both players have settled in well.

“I’m very pleased with Ivan,” he added. “He played 45 minutes, it was exactly what he needed. He looked composed and it was a real experience for him. I was very happy with that aspect.

“Fraser came on and had a little bit of a taster to see what it is to play at the DW Stadium and I thought it was a positive display.”

Mauro Boselli made his first appearance at the DW since returning from his loan spell in Argentina, coming on for Franco Di Santo at half-time.

James McArthur was the only noticeable absentee after picking up a minor back injury during the pre-season trip to Austria.

Meanwhile, Latics defender Maynor Figueroa’s Olympic dream is over.

The left-back has been a regular starter for Honduras in the tournamen which has seen them beat World and European Champions Spain.

But medal favourites Brazil ended their hopes on Saturday, coming out 3-2 winners at St James’ Park.