Bosses happy with DW stalemate

18 February 2010 07:45
The two teams remain in the thick of a Premier League relegation battle but the managers each chose to highlight the positives of the DW Stadium stalemate on Wednesday night.[LNB]The result lifted Wigan to 14th in the table while Bolton, although remaining in the relegation zone, moved up to 18th.[LNB]Roberto Martinez said: "It is a very good point. Every point now is important.[LNB]"I am looking at the performance and all the ingredients you need to be a good side are there - effort, discipline, concentration.[LNB]"I felt at times we looked a threat in the last third but at times lacked a bit of composure.[LNB]"We need to make sure we carry on with the good standards to make the break that probably would have been the difference today."[LNB]Wigan's Charles N'Zogbia went the closest of either side to breaking the deadlock when he hit the post in the first half but Coyle claimed his side shaded the game.[LNB]Owen Coyle said: "Any point in the Premier League is a valuable point.[LNB]"Looking at the game, it certainly wasn't a zero-zero.[LNB]"We had by far the clearer goalscoring opportunities.[LNB]"It could turn out to be a very important point. Could it have been three? Absolutely, so we'll move on because there's a lot to be pleased about in terms of the performance.[LNB]"I would be more worried if we weren't creating chances but we are."[LNB]The derby was never destined to be a classic, not only because of recent struggles of both sides, but the state of the pitch.[LNB]The DW Stadium surface has taken a battering in recent weeks because of the weather and increased usage from the start of the rugby league season.[LNB]Martinez said: "It is five games in 18 days between rugby and football.[LNB]"We don't have to hide it, it is a bad surface and it affects the way we want to play.[LNB]"But I felt we adapted well. There is nothing we can do about the state of the pitch but I am pleased with the way the players approached the situation."[LNB]Coyle added: "It has got to be said both teams were doing their utmost on a difficult pitch to try to make it a real Premier League game.[LNB]"It is always going to be difficult if there is rugby played at the level we are at, it is the best league in the world.[LNB]"Obviously the pitch wasn't conducive to free-flowing football but we got on as you have to and made the most of it."[LNB][LNB]

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