MIDDLESBROUGH boss Tony Mowbray admitted to being deflated by Wigan’s late equaliser at the DW Stadium.
The visitors looked on course for victory after goals from George Friend and former Sunderland man Grant Leadbitter, but substitute Jordi Gomez rescued a point for the home side.
“We have a disappointed dressing room, because we thought we had done enough to win the game,” said Mowbray.
“We worked their goalkeeper a lot more than they worked ours, and we are very disappointed we didn’t win.
“We restricted them to a penalty that we gave them and a free-kick that my goalkeeper says is going straight to him and then takes a flick of someone on the way in.
“It is a little bit deflated in there, but there are plenty of positives for us going forward.”
Wigan came flying out of the blocks and had strong claims for a penalty waved away by referee David Coote when Friend appeared to nudge Marc-Antoine Fortune in the back.
But Boro could have no complaints on the 16-minute mark when Coote did point to the spot, with the same two players involved. This time Friend clearly had a handful of Fortune’s shirt, and Grant Holt made no mistake from the resulting penalty.
Boro were looking dangerous on the break, Lukas Jutkiewicz twice forcing very good saves from Scott Carson.
Carson was again called into the action to deny Mustapha Carayol with his legs, but Boro would find an equaliser a minute before half-time.
Friend made amends for conceding the Wigan penalty, getting the better of James McArthur down the left and cutting into the area.
Despite being fouled by the Scot, Friend stayed on his feet and was rewarded when his low shot flew past Carson and into the far corner of the net.
After the break, Boro who remained on the front foot and almost took the lead when Albert Adomah cut inside Stephen Crainey only to see his shot saved by the legs of Carson.
But the visitors were asking the more probing questions by this point, and Albert Adomah’s 74th-minute cross was neatly finished off by Leadbitter.
Wigan, however, hauled themselves level with five minutes left when Roger Espinoza was fouled on the edge of the area, Gomez stepping up to rifle home the leveller with a cracking shot.
Marvin Emnes saw a late shot touched round the post.
WIGAN: Carson, Crainey, Boyce, Perch, Barnett, McCarthy, McCann (Espinoza, 62), McArthur (Gomez, 54), Beausejour, Holt (McClean, 64), Fortune. Subs not used: Nicholls, Rogne, Watson, Dicko. Goals: Holt (pen) 17, Gomez 85.
BORO: Steele, Friend, Williams, Richardson (Parnaby, 7), Woodgate, Leadbitter, Varga, Whitehead, Carayol (Emnes, 67), Adomah (Halliday, 76), Jutkiewicz. Subs not used: Leutwiler, Gibson, Ledesma, Smallwood. Goals: Friend 45, Leadbitter 75. Bookings: Woodgate
Att: 14,333 Ref: David Coote