Coyle: We showed Warrior spirit

Wigan player Jean Beausejour
Wigan player Jean Beausejour

Owen Coyle admitted Wigan Athletic took their lead from the Grand Final winning Warriors as they managed their own come-from victory.

Latics had trailed local rivals Blackburn for the majority of the encounter at the DW.

But after the second-half introduction of returning striker Grant Holt, they never looked back.

The former Norwich striker levelled midway through the second period, before fellow substitute Emmerson Boyce netted a stoppage-time winner.

“We all watched the rugby on Saturday night and it was inspirational when you saw their comeback,” Coyle revealed.

“We’ve also shown that on the football side this year, with the amount of points we’ve retrieved from losing positions.

“It tells you everything about the character and the spirit you’ve got at your club.

“People will always talk when they’re winning games about how good the spirit is – that comes hand in hand.

“But the testimony to any team spirit and camaraderie is when your team is up against it.

“You saw it on Saturday night in the rugby league, that comeback was amazing.

“And again our lads showed a lot of good attributes there that really pleased me.”