Bogdan saves penalty on debut as Latics are held at Macclesfield.
- Latics held to 0-0 draw in pre-season friendly at Macclesfield Town.
- On loan Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan makes penalty save to deny Jack Sampson.
- Nick Powell makes first start since return, as Reece James comes back from injury.
MACCLESFIELD TOWN 0
WIGAN ATHLETIC 0
Latics were left goalless at Moss Rose despite their best efforts to find a way past Macclesfield Town's goalkeepers Ritchie Branagan and Craig Ross, as it finished 0-0, with the saving grace in the form of on loan Liverpool goalkeeper Adam Bogdan, who saved a penalty from Jack Sampson just moments after replacing Jussi Jaaskelainen at half time.
Gary Caldwell's side continued their pre-season efforts in the same confident style we saw during the 0-0 draw at Chester FC, but the likes of Yanic Wildschut, Michael Jacobs, Alex Gilbey and Nick Powell couldn't break the deadlock in the first half, with Will Grigg, James Barrigan and Ryan Colclough all introduced in the second half but to no avail.
Powell was drafted into the starting line-up for the first time since returning to the club, with another start for trialist Ryan Taylor, while Reece James made his return from injury from the bench, and Danny Whitehead returned to his former club.
Inside the opening two minutes former Manchester United man Powell showed his quality, trapping a pass inside from Gilbey, before juggling the ball between defenders only to lash wide of Branagan's right post.
Powell was clearly a cause of frustration for the Macclesfield defence when Neill Byrne hacked him down shortly after.
Wildschut grew into the game quickly with powerful wide play, but when given the opportunity in front of goal he could only find the stand behind.
Macclesfield had few moments in the game, other than Kingsley James' snapshot from distance, and a scramble in front of goal which saw Jussi Jaaskelainen confidently claim the ball.
Wildschut was denied from a tight angle before the break, but Latics were ultimately left frustrated come half time.
Grigg and Bogdan were drafted on at half time, with the latter called into action much sooner than he would probably have hoped, faced with a penalty kick two minutes into his debut after Dan Burn's foul just inside the area.
Bogdan, who Latics fans will remember for saving a stoppage time penalty from Jordi Gomez in 2014, was quick to make his mark, following Sampson's spot kick to his right and holding onto the low penalty.
The Hungary international had very little to do for the rest of the match, putting the control of the performance into context.
Jacobs, Gilbey and Grigg came close at the other end inside the hour, before Taylor almost squeezed in the opener from a trademark free kick, only for Macclesfield substitute keeper Ross to push the ball narrowly wide of his left post.
Latics introduced all of their substitutes during the second half, with a lively performance from youngster Barrigan and some clever midfield play from Jordan Flores, but Latics were ultimately left to settle for the draw.
Next up for Caldwell's side sees them head to Spotland Stadium on Saturday as Rochdale pose the next test in the build-up to the 2016/17 Sky Bet Championship campaign.
Macclesfield: Branagan (Ross 46), Halls (Cowan 54), Byrne, Pilkington, Whitaker, Mackreth (Fitzpatrick 66), Norburn (Trialist 80), Holroyd (Sutherland 54), Sampson (Trialist 72), Hancox, K.James
Latics: Jaaskelainen (Bogdan 46), Taylor (Trialist), Perkins (Capt) (Morsy 65), Power (Flores 78) Gilbey (Whitehead 78), Burn, Jacobs (Barrigan 78), Warnock (James 65), Powell (Grigg 46), Pearce, Wildschut (Colclough 65)