Coyle: We want to do fans justice

Kneesy does it for Owen Coyle
Kneesy does it for Owen Coyle

OWEN Coyle has promised Wigan Athletic will put on a show tonight for those who have travelled to Russia “by planes, trains and automobiles” to support their team.

Latics face Rubin Kazan on Matchday 4 of then Europa League knowing a win would take them top of Group D with two matches remaining.

They will be cheered on by over 100 real Latic fanatics at the picturesque Tsentralniy Stadium, in the shadows of the magnificent Kazan Kremlin.

And Coyle insists the FA Cup holders have not made the 5,000-mile round-trip to make up the numbers.

“The fans have done incredibly well to get here in such numbers be it by planes, trains or automobiles,” he said.

“The involvement in the European campaign has captured everyone’s imagination - not only the football club but in the town.

“And we want to make sure we are doing them justice with a good performance and try to put a smile on their faces.

“We know it’s a tough game - but what a great game to look forward to.

“Wigan Athletic coming to Russia to play Rubin Kazan is fantastic.

“But we want to get a result and make it even more special for everyone.”

Coyle will once again shuffle his pack for the game, with Roger Espinoza for one certain to feature in a much-changed line-up.

Jean Beausejour (foot) hasn’t travelled over with the squad, the winger having joined the likes of Scott Carson and Shaun Maloney on the injured list.

Ben Watson is also a doubt with a stomach bug, but the Latics chief is confident that whatever side he sends out will be competitive.

“There will be some changes as this will be our sixth game in 18 days,” acknowledged the Wigan boss.

“We have to make sure we get the balance right between the players working hard and those we need to rest.

“From Saturday there will be four or five changes, but we will try to achieve a positive result against a very good side.

“We know this game won’t decide the outcome of the group.

“But we want it so that with two games to come our destiny is in our own hands.”

Tonight’s game is live on BT Sport, with extensive coverage also available on www.wigantoday.net