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‘MOUNTAIN WAS TOO HIGH’

1 December 2013

Coyle bemoans missed opportunities after defeat to Derby

Owen Coyle once again pointed to missed opportunities as his side slipped to defeat against Derby County at the DW Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Latics were unfortunate to find themselves 3-0 down after 30 minutes as all three of Derby’s shots on targets for the entirety of the game found the back of the net, and despite a spirited fight back in the second half the mountain was too high for them to overcome.

“We were unfortunate to find ourselves behind by that scoreline so early on,” said Coyle. “But again there were aspects of our game that need improving upon, and again we need to be more clinical in front of goal.

“The second half was as one-sided a half as you’ll see, and once Nick Powell got his goal the whole atmosphere changed and it looked like a case of when, not if, we would get the next goal.

“But, despite creating a host of chances, we’ve been denied by a combination of the woodwork and some very good goalkeeping, and in the end it just wasn’t to be.

“On a positive note it was great to see Ivan Ramis make his return to the team, and you could see how much stronger he was getting as the game went on – I thought he would tire in the second half, but he came through the game very well.

“Young Will Keane made his debut for the club and he worked very hard in a tough opening 45 minutes. He was replaced at half time but it wasn’t because of his performance, I felt we just needed a bit more experience up top.”

Latics travel to Elland Road on Wednesday night, and Coyle has called for a collective effort to help turn the team’s fortunes around, saying:

“What we need now is for everyone to stick together and be as strong as we can be as a football club, for Wigan Athletic.

“The atmosphere in the second half was brilliant, and you could clearly see how much it lifted the players and inspired their performance to put Derby on the back foot.

“We’ve got a massive game, and a difficult one, against Leeds United on Wednesday night now, which we’re all very much looking forward to.

“It’s not going to be easy for us, but we’ll look to pick up where we’ve left off tonight, and if we can do that then we’ll have every chance of coming away with a positive result.”


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