Gaffer thanks fans for support and takes positives from Wembley loss
Despite defeat to Manchester United in the Community Shield at Wembley, Owen Coyle told Latics Player there were plenty of positives to take from Latics’ performance that will help their preparation for when league commitments resume next weekend at Bournemouth.
“The only disappointment from today was the scoreline,” said Coyle. “If truth be told, we started the game a little slowly and conceding the opening goal from a world-class header, but after that we really grew into the game, had a couple of good opportunities and made Manchester United chase the ball in phases.
“The second goal came in what I felt was our best spell in the game; it was a half-hit shot that deflected past Scott Carson and into the back of the net from Man Utd’s first attack of the half.
“Overall, the lads stuck to their task, we were able to use all six substitutes and give plenty of the players game-time and whilst it was great to be a part of this occasion, one we felt at times we had a real chance of winning, the test will stand us in good stead for next weekend’s trip to Bournemouth.
“We’ll have no problem lifting people once more for the game at Dean Court; between now and then a lot of players will be heading off on international duties which shows the quality and strength in depth we have at the club, and they’ll be pushing one another for a place in the team once they’ve all returned.”
James McClean impressed on his Wigan Athletic debut, playing 60 minutes, looking a real threat on the left-wing and pleasing the gaffer with his overall contribution:
“He looked really pleasing on the eye I thought, driving at the Manchester United defence and causing very experienced players real problems.
“He was unlucky not to create a goal after half an hour when he got to the by-line but cut it back too heavily for Grant Holt, but considering he only met the squad 48 hours ago I think he did extremely well and will benefit massively from the game.”
After the final whistle the whole squad and the gaffer headed straight to the travelling Latics support to show their appreciation for another great turnout, and Coyle spoke of how impressed he’s been with the passion shown by the fans during his short time in charge of the club, saying:
“We have a tremendous set of fans at Wigan Athletic, and whilst we may not be the biggest team in the world the support they give us is second to none.
“It’s evident how proud they are of their team, and hopefully today they saw a performance which thanked them for their support.
“We’ll need them to perform like they did at Barnsley every week, because it makes such a difference to the team’s performance.”