Gaffer praises team after coming through demanding spell with victory at Yeovil
Owen Coyle was delighted to see his players put an end to their unwanted recent away record which has not brought a victory since the opening day of the season, with a hard fought 1-0 victory over Yeovil Town at Huish Park on Sunday.
Marc-Antoine Fortune’s first goal for the club was the difference, converting Grant Holt’s inch-perfect cross with just over ten minutes of the game remaining to cap off a battling performance with three well-deserved points in Coyle’s opinion:
“We had a slow start to the game for sure,” he said, “Yeovil started well as we expected. They’re a team fighting for their lives, with talented players and a fantastic manager, but we grew into the game and were unlucky not to ahead before half time when we had a couple of chances cleared off the line and Marc Albrighton hit the bar.
“After that, the second half was one-way traffic in which we dominated and should have put to bed long before Marc-Antoine Fortune’s winner.
“He’s had a lot of misfortune in front of goal lately, seeing shots cleared off the line, being denied by the woodwork, and in the first half today he saw a goal-bound shot cleared again.
“So I was delighted for him and delighted with the goal; Grant Holt did fantastically well to create it with his work on the wing and put it on a plate for his team mate.
“When you make substitutions you want them to make an impact on the game and that’s what he, Roger Espinoza and James McArthur did in the second half.
“Everyone realises they’ve got a big part to play this season and the way they’ve gone about this demanding period is fantastic, they’re a credit to themselves.”
The result secured back-to-back victories in the league for the first time this season for Coyle’s team, and the gaffer believes his squad are showing the hunger and desire required to mount a serious promotion push:
“Of the seven games we’ve had in the last month, I feel we could have won each and every one of them.
“But moving forwards we’ve got a group we know is hungry to play games and win games for Wigan Athletic.
“They’re the type of players we need at the club; wholehearted, committed players who want to do well.
“They were cheered on by our magnificent fans once again today, whose efforts this season have been nothing short of incredible. If we keep showing this togetherness and determination then we’ll keep picking up results and be where we want to be by the end of the season.”