Gaffer looking forward to first home game in charge
Owen Coyle and the squad cannot wait to kick off their home campaign at the DW Stadium on Tuesday night and feel the full force of the Latics fans who have been so influential so far this season, according to the gaffer.
After three consecutive games on the road, Latics are aiming to put behind them the disappointment suffered at the weekend against Bournemouth and start a run of three straight home games in the right way, something Coyle is confident his team will do with the right attitude.
He said: “It’s our first home game and we’re all looking forward to kicking off our home campaign in front of our own fans who I must say have been nothing short of magnificent on our travels so far this season.
“We’ve had the hardest start of all the teams in the league, but they’ve inspired the players and we can’t wait to be surrounded by them on Tuesday.
“The aim is to reward them, with a fantastic performance and three points against Doncaster.
“Paul Dickov’s side picked up a great result against Blackburn Rovers on Friday night, so they’ll come to the DW Stadium full of confidence and with a game plan designed to frustrate us.
“What we must do is stick together and believe in ourselves so we can bring our qualities to the game; if we do that I’m convinced we’ll be able to take maximum points.”
Coyle admitted he will consider ‘freshening up’ his team for the game in what is one of many busy schedules the team must come through during the course of the season, but is hoping for the same character to prevail:
“At the moment we have one or two injury worries which we’ll continue to monitor closely, but I’m hopeful that we will have the same squad to select from as we did for our last game.
“The one exception is Callum McManaman who we now know will be missing for three games after his red card at the weekend. It’s a blow to have him missing, and having looked back at the incident I still think he’s won the ball fairly, but we’ll be ready and will have options to choose from.
“It’s fair to say that we will look to freshen things up in one or two areas and aim for a response to what was a disappointing result on Saturday, but a performance that certainly deserved more.
“We didn’t get too carried away when we defeated Barnsley on the opening day, so we’ll certainly not let one defeat affect us adversely. What we have done is identify why we didn’t come away with the points our domination warranted, and now we’ll look to put things right in our next game.”
To see the full, exclusive interview on Latics Player [click here].