Coyle: DW form is so important to success

Wigan manager Owen Coyle
Wigan manager Owen Coyle

OWEN Coyle believes that his side’s home form will play a vital role in determining where they finish in the table in May.

While Latics have struggled on the road at times this season, the DW Stadium has become somewhat of a fortress and Coyle has challenged his players to keep it that way, starting with Saturday’s visit of Brighton.

“We pride ourselves on that,” he said. “We want to make sure that we make the DW a fortress and that anyone who comes thinks ‘this is a good Wigan Athletic team and the supporters get behind them.’

“That’s what we’ve been striving to do and we want to continue that and keep that going.

“The only way you do that is by performing very well. On Saturday it will be a tough game against a very good side but we’ve shown at the DW that anyone who comes knows they’re in for a real game and that’s what we must continue to do.”

Latics have only had a handful of players away on international duty over the last fortnight with the rest of the squad training hard at Christopher Park.

The only concern has been Ryan Shotton who has had time out of training with a sickness bug earlier this week.

“It looks like it’s been some sort of a bug but we’re hoping it’s been a 24-hour, 48-hour maximum thing,” added Coyle.

Meanwhile, a possible deal to bring Manchester United striker Will Keane to Latics is now expected to go through next week.

The 20-year-old picked up an injury while away with the England Under-21s squad.