Captain Peter Clarke believes yesterday’s game against Girona FC was a good learning curve for the players.
The Spanish side ran out 1-2 winners against Latics last night but the skipper believes his side can take a lot of positives from the game.
He said: “It was a good work out and they are a good team in possession. I’m not sure we will face many teams in League One who are that comfortable in possession this season.
“There are many things in the game that we can learn from but it was a valuable work out.
“We would like to win every game but pre-season is not about results, it’s about improving and learning through the course of it. We will take stock of tonight’s game and be better for it.”
The 35-year-old has given an update as to how pre-season has been going.
“Pre-season is a necessary evil,” he admitted. “It’s that time where you get the base for the season and you adapt to systems and the way the manager wants you to play.
“As the season draws closer, we are looking forward to getting stuck into the competitive action.”
Whilst the season draws nearer and the excitement grows, the players are also in good spirits ahead of the season opener against Oxford United.
“There is a good mood in the changing room,” he said. "The new lads who have come in have settled in well and that is down to the lads who are here before.
“There are good players and characters and we have got the makings of a decent squad and that should make for a decent season.”