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Friday 27 April 2018

Coyle: We'll still qualify

Wigan boss Owen Coyle remains confident his side can qualify for the knockout stages of the Europa League despite their 1-0 loss to Rubin Kazan in Russia last night.

The only goal of the game at the Central Stadium came in the 22nd minute when Oleg Kuzmin latched on to a lofted ball into the area and smashed it home, giving 21-year-old keeper Lee Nicholls virtually no chance.

Coyle felt his side were worthy of at least a point, but while they made the long journey home empty-handed, Coyle saw enough to convince him that Wigan remain strong contenders to advance from Group D.

"I think at the outset, everybody felt - and rightly so - that Rubin would be the favourites to win the group," Coyle said.

"But with what we have shown in the two games, home and away against Rubin, we are confident going into our last two group games.

Zulte Waregem beat Maribor 1-0 the other Group D match and with all four teams in the pool having played four times, Rubin are top with 10 points, Wigan second on five, Zulte third on four and Maribor fourth on three.

"In our first foray in European football, I think this was an outstanding performance - we looked like a very mature European team and I was delighted with them," Coyle added.

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