OWEN Coyle wants his Wigan Athletic players to take full advantage of the final international break of 2013.
Latics have the rare luxury of a weekend off, after a hectic recent programme of fixtures.
With the festive season around the corner, it’s going to be just as bad when the campaign resumes as Latics jostle for position in the Championship promotion race as well as aiming for the knockout stages of the Europa League.
Coyle saluted the attitude of his players after seeing them end a gruelling week – including an energy-sapping trip to Russia –with their first away win in three months at Yeovil on Sunday.
“That was seven games in 21 days that we’ve negotiated, and we had a spell of seven games in 21 days last month as well,” the Wigan boss said.
“The schedule coming out of the international break is just as bad – we’ll have had a game every three days over a spell of nearly three months.
“What we are doing is playing more games than anybody else, and it’s a tremendous ask of the group.”
Latics will move into the top six if they win their game in hand, after extending their impressive domestic record immediately after European fixtures to three wins and a draw from four matches.
“My only disappointment is that it’s not been 12 points out of 12, because it should have been,” Coyle added.
“But that’s the nature of the game, and you don’t always get what you deserve.”