Coyle foiled in striker bid

Chris McCann
Chris McCann

OWEN Coyle revealed he was frustrated in his attempts to land a new striker before last night’s Capital One Cup exit at the hands of Manchester City.

Latics went down 5-0 at the Etihad in a repeat of the FA Cup final, and they also received a bloody nose in trying to bolster a strikeforce that is currently lacking the injured Grant Holt, Marc-Antoine Fortune, Shaun Maloney and Callum McManaman.

“Before the game we enquired about getting in a striker on loan with a view to buying him, but his club didn’t want to part with him which I totally understood,” Coyle admitted.

“We are still actively pursuing a striker, as well as possibly another couple if the right player becomes available.”

Having made nine changes to his starting XI, Coyle won’t be losing too much sleep about the cup exit.

“It was always going to be a tough night, but we lost some soft goals late on that were avoidable,” the Wigan boss added. “How much have Manchester City spent here – about £400m? The subs they brought on shows the quality they have.

“There were positives from our point of view, but it was important we kept our squad relatively fresh for Watford on Saturday.”