Martinez hails N'Zogbia retention

BY foxsports • February 2, 2011

N'Zogbia is believed to have the been focus of a last ditch attempt by Newcastle to sign their former player before the transfer window shut on Monday night. But N'Zogbia has remained with the Latics and played a starring role in the 2-2 draw with West Brom at The Hawthorns on Tuesday night. Martinez said: "Our intention this window was to finish with a stronger squad. "We had two major objectives, getting all the players back from injury, and we didn't want to lose any of the prize assets. We managed to do that. "In the past, the fans have been a bit disappointed at losing players at the wrong time. Everyone is proud that Wigan showed a bit of a statement by keeping the players for the important challenges we have at the moment." Martinez had mixed emotions about Wigan earning a share of the spoils with Marc-Antoine Fortune's late goal rescuing a point for Albion. He said: "My emotions are a bit of mixture. You are finishing the game and are disappointed that we dropped two points. "That is a disappointment we all share in the dressing room. "I think we showed fantastic character with good footballing talent that allowed us to get back in the game and to go ahead. "I thought the key moment was we had a period of five minutes in the second half when we had two good opportunities. "If you score the third goal, the game is over. But West Brom have got a real winning feeling after achieving what they did last season and what they achieved this campaign already." Martinez could be without skipper Gary Caldwell and defender Maynor Figueroa in the near future after they picked up injuries. He said: "Maynor has a hamstring injury and we are going to assess him in the next 24 hours. "Gary Caldwell had a fractured cheekbone and that is the biggest negative we picked up today. "He is a true captain and a great leader and we are going to miss him. "We are going to assess him in the next 24 hours but it is not really good news." Baggies boss Roberto Di Matteo felt Albion should have been awarded a penalty late in the game after Gary Caldwell appeared to handle the ball. He said: "I feel we deserved a bit more than a draw because we hit the post twice, their keeper made some incredible saves, and we didn't get a penalty again. "It seems like every game now. We didn't get one today, against Blackburn, against Manchester United. "They are adding up and they are costing us as well." Di Matteo was pleased with the debut of on-loan Arsenal player Carlos Vela. He said: "I think he had a good start to the game, was dangerous and he will be a very good addition for us." Peter Odemwingie put Albion ahead but N'Zogbia and Ben Watson struck back before half-time only for Fortune to salvage a point for the home side.

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