Coyle left frustrated with more worries

Wigan manager Owen Coyle with Watford boss Gianfranco Zola
Wigan manager Owen Coyle with Watford boss Gianfranco Zola

WIGAN Athletic boss Owen Coyle was left shaking his head after an afternoon of misfortune at Vicarage saw Latics come away with nothing.

Latics went toe to toe with promotion hopefuls Watford and, for long periods, dominated the game.

However, they saw a goal from Nick Powell wrongly chalked off for offside in the build-up, with the on-loan Manchester United man being denied a stonewall penalty in the second half after being clipped by Lloyd Doyley.

To make matters worse, Christian Battocchio grabbed a late winner for Watford to hand Wigan their third away league defeat on the spin.

And Coyle’s misery was complete with both Marc-Antoine Fortune and Thomas Rogne limping off with worrying injuries.

Fortune suffered a recurrence of the hamstring problem he first sustained in the Zulte Waregem Europa League clash.

Rogne, meanwhile, was forced off towards the end after coming off second best in a crunching collision that Coyle thought overstepped the mark.

“Marco felt his hamstring tighten during the first half,” said Coyle.

“We had to take him off before it became any worse, and we’ll see how far back that will set him

“Thomas was on the treatment table after the game with a gash on his leg after a challenge - if you can call it that - which somehow went unpunished.

“We’ll assess that injury over the next few days, but it doesn’t look particularly pleasing on the eye it has to be said. I’m hoping it’s superficial rather than anything long term.”