Coyle: Floodgates will open for us

Callum McManaman signed a new contract with LAtics ahead of the QPR game

Callum McManaman signed a new contract with LAtics ahead of the QPR game

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OWEN Coyle insists his Wigan Athletic side are only a lick of paint away from dragging themselves into the promotion race.

For the second time in three days, Latics were held to a 0-0 draw by London opposition to remain in mid-table of the Championship.

Once again, Chris McCann hit the woodwork with a close-range header that would have turned one point into three.

And Coyle called on Latics to retain the belief that their luck will eventually change.

“I’ve told Chris to keep getting in there, and eventually that woodwork will turn into the back of the net,” Coyle told the Evening Post.

“When he does that, we’ll all be pleased because we’ll be getting rewards for the effort we’re putting in.

“The lad’s done tremendous since he’s come into the side.

“He’s shown energy in that midfield and he’s proving what a quality player he is. I couldn’t believe it when he hit the woodwork again.”

Latics had a second great chance to open the scoring when the rebound rolled out to Callum McManaman.

But the winger – who earlier in the day had penned a 12-month contract extension that will keep him at the club until 2017 – blazed high over the top.

“I felt sure the script was written when the ball fell to Callum after signing his new deal,” Coyle added. “But it wasn’t to be.

“We’ve got to keep making the chances, keep banging on the door in general and those goals are going to fly in. Someone’s going to be on the end of those.”

The other main talking point came in the final quarter, when Rangers substitute Andy Johnson raced on to a long ball, and toed it past the onrushing Lee Nicholls before colliding with the Latics goalkeeper.

Referee Michael Naylor waved play on - leaving Hoops chief Harry Redknapp fuming.

“The goalie only pushed him over, that’s in the rules is it?” Redknapp said.

“I think the only person who didn’t see it was the referee, wasn’t it? How can you not see that?”

Not surprisingly, Coyle thought the official had got it spot on.

“I can understand Harry being annoyed,” Coyle said.

“He’s probably annoyed because if it’s a decision QPR didn’t get, it’s the first they’ve not got all night.”