QPR 1 Wigan 1: It’s a great point for us, admits Roberto Martínez
QPR 1 Wigan 1: Roberto Martínez hails the Latics for showing character to come from behind and rescue a "great point"
Roberto Martinez hailed Wigan Athletic’s character after the Latics levelled in stoppage time to secure a “great point” against 10-man Queens Park Rangers.
Bobby Zamora’s early sending off for a high tackle on Jordi Gomez appeared to galvanise the Hoops, who looked dangerous going forward through Andros Townsend.
Loic Remy glanced a header narrowly wide before netting a sensational opener in the 85th minute, side-footing a finish past Wigan goalkeeper Joel Robles Blázquez.
However, QPR were denied a much-needed victory when Shaun Maloney fired a free-kick past Julio Cesar in the fifth minute of stoppage time, moving Wigan level on points with 17th-placed Sunderland.
“It’s a great point,” Martínez told Sky Sports.
“We were 1-0 down and a late goal like that is a point gained – there’s no two ways about it.
“Overall, we were very poor. It was our worst performance of the season. We were cagey and the sending off went against us.
“We’re a team that enjoys having the ball and opening the team up. It was a hard task.”
Martínez also backed referee Phil Dowd’s decision to issue Zamora with a red card for his reckless tackle in the first half.
“It’s an horrific challenge,” he added.
“I know Bobby Zamora isn’t a dirty player at all but Gomez is very fortunate. The full sole of the boot is in his face. It could have been a major injury.
“It was the right decision.”