Coyle wants to win with style

Latics boss Owen Coyle
Latics boss Owen Coyle
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OWEN Coyle has demanded Wigan Athletic welcome European football to the town in some style tonight.

Latics entertain Slovenian outfit Maribor in their first-ever Euro fixture on home soil.

The DW will even be renamed the “Wigan Athletic Stadium” for the night, due to UEFA branding laws.

And Coyle (right, with Jordi Gomez) wants the fans to be treated to a performance befitting of the FA Cup holders.

“When we go out there on to the pitch, we know we are representing Wigan Athletic and the fans, and we want to put in a performance that they will go away thinking: I really enjoyed that,” Coyle said.

“We took 2,500 fans to Belgium last month, on a very miserable night, and they sang their hearts out throughout.

“You would have thought we were the home team that night, such was the incredible level of support.

“We know they’ll respond again tonight, and what we need to do is give them something to cheer about – which we did in Belgium.

“They saw how hard the players worked against Zulte Waregem and it’ll be the same against Maribor.”

With the games coming thick and fast, Coyle will again shuffle his pack for the game.

“We will freshen things up although not in as many areas as we have previously,” he revealed. “Now is the time for us to try and get a little bit of continuity in the group.

“But it will be a very attack-minded team, because we are at home and we want to put on a show for the fans.”

Definitely out are Grant Holt (knee), Marc-Antoine Fortune (hamstring) and Shaun Maloney (back), while Thomas Rogne is a doubt after picking up a leg injury at Watford last weekend and James McClean has been laid low by a bug.