Coyle: Wigan players inspired

Owen Coyle revealed his Wigan side took inspiration from the town's Super League Grand Final-winning team after they beat Blackburn, while Rovers boss Gary Bowyer lamented Grant Hanley's red card.

Last Updated: 15/10/13 at 11:40 Post Comment

Owen Coyle: Delighted with win over Blackburn

Owen Coyle: Delighted with win over Blackburn

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The Latics boss was among those who watched Wigan Warriors overturn the largest deficit in Grand Final history against Warrington at Old Trafford on Saturday to add that trophy to their Challenge Cup triumph.

And, after going behind to Tommy Spurr's eighth-minute opener, Coyle's men were assisted by Grant Hanley's sending off half an hour in before rallying with a pair of second-half goals.

Substitute Grant Holt marked his first appearance since August by claiming the first, although it may ultimately go down as a Spurr own goal.

Then fellow replacement Emmerson Boyce, who had captained Latics in their first ever home European tie just three days earlier, grabbed a stoppage-time winner to cap off a historic sporting week for the Greater Manchester town.

"We all watched last night and it was inspirational when you see the comeback," Coyle said.

"We've shown that on the football side this year, 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 last night in the rugby league, that comeback was amazing, and again today the lads showed a lot of good attributes there that really pleased me."

It may have been a different story had stand-in captain Hanley not been dismissed half an hour in for sticking an arm in the face of loanee Nick Powell.

Coyle acknowledged his team were feeling the effects of a European hangover but was more than happy to see the momentum shift once they gained a numerical advantage.

He added: "They've got something to hold on to taking the early goal but I felt we've grown into the game and then the lad's got the red card.

"He's been silly because he's been in control of the situation and he's thrown his arm out and there's no need to do it.

"I'm pretty sure Gary (Bowyer, Blackburn manager) will be upset by that."

Bowyer was actually more perplexed than upset, insisting he had no idea why referee Stuart Attwell had instantly brandished the red card.

And, due to Hanley's Scottish accent, Bowyer was left none the wiser when he quizzed his centre-back as he trudged off the pitch.

"I've not seen it again and I didn't see it in real time," said the Rovers boss, who also lamented the decision not to award a penalty when Jordan Rhodes' shot struck Ben Watson's arms.

"I didn't know what he got sent off for and as he came off I asked him what he did. I have to be honest I didn't understand him with the answer he gave me so I need to go and see it.

"It changed the course of the game because up until then we were very comfortable. We were pleased with how we were playing and we're disappointed to be leaving here without taking something from the game.

"Once the referee makes the decision there's an hour to play and our lads were magnificent."

TEAMtalk Facebook Fan Page

The TEAMtalk fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

H

ow magnanimous off him - to leave if he's asked to by the owners? What's the alternative, bunker down in his office claiming squatter's rights if FSG want rid?

feed the bear
Rodgers: I'll go if owners want

Footer 365

Middlesbrough 0-2 Norwich: Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond strike as Canaries seal immediate return to Premier League

Norwich City gained promotion to the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.

Yaya Toure will stay at Manchester City, insists agent Dimitri Seluk

Yaya Toure will stay at Manchester City, according to his agent.

UEFA chief Michel Platini says it would be good for football if Sepp Blatter loses FIFA election

Michel Platini is backing Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan in Friday’s FIFA presidential election.

Mail Box

Can We Combine Danny And Theo?

The finishing of Theo Walcott and the hold-up play of Danny Welbeck would be just perfect. Plus, lots of Brendan Rodgers, some Big Sam and all hail Degsy...

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company