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All happy with all square
Published : 18 Feb 2010 12:15:15
Wigan boss Roberto Martinez and Bolton counterpart Owen Coyle both claimed to be pleased with a point after fighting out a goalless draw.
The two teams remain in the thick of a Barclays Premier League relegation battle but the managers each chose to highlight the positives of the DW Stadium stalemate. The result lifted Wigan to 14th in the table while Bolton, although remaining in the relegation zone, moved up to 18th.
"It is a very good point. Every point now is important," said Martinez.
"I am looking at the performance and all the ingredients you need to be a good side are there - effort, discipline, concentration. I felt at times we looked a threat in the last third but at times lacked a bit of composure.
"We need to make sure we carry on with the good standards to make the break that probably would have been the difference."
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.
Coyle said: "Any point in the Premier League is a valuable point. Looking at the game, it certainly wasn't a zero-zero. We had by far the clearer goalscoring opportunities.
"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.
"I would be more worried if we weren't creating chances but we are."