Coyle salute for America’s idols!

James McCarthy and Marc-Antoine Fortune at the Wigan Athletic training ground.
James McCarthy and Marc-Antoine Fortune at the Wigan Athletic training ground.
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OWEN Coyle poured praise on his players’ attitudes after seeing his side come through their first friendly with a victory, writes Greg Farrimond.

As most of Wigan slept in the early hours of yesterday morning, Latics travelled to MLS side Columbus Crew as part of their USA tour.

Goals from James McCarthy and new signing Marc Antoine Fortune helped the FA Cup winners to a 2-1 victory.

“The result was not the priority but it is still very nice to be able to come away with a win after just ten days of pre-season work,” Coyle said.

“The players did exactly as they were instructed and showed professionalism, but also a real touch of quality for the goals. Now we need to build on that as we move towards August 3.

“Everybody loves to win games and that’s our aim once the season gets going.”

Thomas Rogne was the only new signing to not feature for Latics, missing out with a calf strain but it is hoped he could return for the two remaining matches in the States.

Coyle has been putting his players through their paces since the side jetted out last Wednesday and says he has been delighted with their attitude. He added: “They are a credit to themselves, it’s great with the new lads coming in as well.”

Next up is a game against Dayton Dutch Lions tomorrow night, which was only confirmed on Saturday, with a kick-off time of 7pm local time (midnight Wednesday GMT).

Latics’ final tour game will be on Saturday against Pittsburgh Riverhounds.