Coyle hails collective effort

Owen Coyle hailed an 'outstanding' effort by everyone connected with Wigan Athletic as they held Zulte-Waregem to a 0-0 draw.

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Owen Coyle: Saw Wigan battle to a well-earned point in Belgium

Owen Coyle: Saw Wigan battle to a well-earned point in Belgium

The Latics made their European bow on Belgian soil on Thursday, and collected their first point after displaying commendable fighting spirit.

The 2013 FA Cup winners came close to forcing a breakthrough of their own in a rain-soaked Group D encounter, but had to withstand a second-half onslaught from the hosts before claiming a share of the spoils.

Coyle was delighted to see Wigan's dogged determination rewarded and feels his players, along with 2,500 travelling supporters, have every reason to be proud of their performance.

He said: "We knew that at different periods we were going to have to stand up and defend well.

"I said before the game that Zulte Waregem have some very good attacking players, and nothing has altered my opinion.

"We knew that and obviously they were the home team and trying to push on late in the game.

"Having said that, as much as we had to defend well, if we had taken care a little bit more on the counter-attack we could have scored a couple of goals ourselves.

"From start to finish it was an outstanding debut in European football for everyone associated with the football club.

"The players performed out of their skins and defended well when they had to.

"And to have 2,500 fans travel over here in the torrential rain... They sang their hearts out and gave the players a lot to fight for.

"Equally, the players are sending them home with a smile on their face tonight because it is certainly a well-earned point. I am delighted overall."

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