Wigan 1 Rubin Kazan 1: Owen Coyle feels opposition have 'sat up and taken notice' of the Latics following unbeaten Europa League run
Wigan sit second in Group D and are yet to lose a game in Europe this season
Friday 25 October 2013
Manager Owen Coyle is enjoying Wigan's European adventure and believes their performances so far have made people sit up and take notice.
A 1-1 draw against Russian side Rubin Kazan, who four years ago were beating Barcelona in the Nou Camp in the Champions League, maintained the Latics' unbeaten European record.
With a bit more luck the home side would have won but had to settle for a point as on-loan Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell cancelled out Aleksandr Prudinikov's opener.
"The more we play, the more we are enjoying the adventure," he said.
"If someone had said at the start of the section that after three games we'd be unbeaten, you would say we would have had to play well to do that and we have.
"The only disappointment is we feel we could be top of the group with seven points but that point (against Rubin) could prove to be invaluable.
"They have probably sat up and taken notice and been very respectful of the quality of Wigan.
"This adventure is fantastic for the whole club, the fans are loving it and the staff and players are enjoying it."
Coyle was full of praise for Powell, who made it three goals in two European matches.
"After the season with us he will be good enough to go back and challenge (for a place at United)," said Coyle.
"He still has a lot to improve on and he will tell you that but he has ability.
"He is such a talented lad and I just want to get the best out of him.
"I'm giving him a platform and a wee bit of wisdom from my own playing days but he has to push himself on and you could see from his performance he is doing that.
"As a manager I've worked with many international strikers and there is no doubt Nick Powell can go on to achieve that level.
"His aspirations should be after this season to go and challenge for Manchester United's first team and that will put him in the eyes of the national team.
"I believe he has everything in his locker, with progression and natural development, to attain that level.
"There's no doubt. I have been fortunate to work with young players and when they get a platform, they blossom, they flourish and he is doing that.
"Aside from his goal he has pace to burn and is so elegant running the with ball."
Rubin coach Kurban Berdyev felt his side were disappointing.
"In certain situations we were not playing as good as we could," he said.
"It was a dangerous standard but in general the result was as expected."
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