With Arouna Kone away with Ivory Coast at the Africa Cup of Nations, David Jones was brought into midfield and Latics’ formation altered.
Jordi Gomez came off the substitutes bench in the second half and Latics changed tactically and the 27-year-old sees the versatility that Latics showed as being a big sign of progression.
“The way that any player can come on and fit straight into the flow of the game, whether that be in the starting line-up or as a sub is a sign of how the squad is progressing.
“That is why every player in the team is very important because we all have different things to offer during 90 minutes.
“I’m happy with my contribution today but everyone put the same amount of effort in and I think by the end of the 90 minutes that was quite clear.”
“I try to do my best whenever I play and I was happy to come on and make an impact.”
Gomez had mixed feelings about the 1-1 draw but remained confident with the way Latics came out in the second half, he said:
“In the end it is a very good point but we were disappointed with the way that we conceded the first goal.
“The reaction in the second half was really good and a draw was the minimum that we deserved today.
“We had some excellent chances to get all three points and the way we played in second half probably edged the momentum of the game for us.
“It was a really good goal for Franco (Di Santo) and he was right on top of his game in the second half which was a massive benefit to the team.
“We played some really good football and a lot of the time we moved the ball around with great fluidity.”