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Coyle chuffed as Wigan mark first Europa League home game with a win

Wigan Athletic recorded their first win in Europe with a 3-1 result over NK Maribor at DW Stadium on Thursday night.

The Latics scored twice in the first half through Nick Powell and Ben Watson before on-loan Manchester United midfielder Powell added a third in injury-time following Marcos Tavares' 60th-minute response.

The victory was a landmark achievement for Wigan and manager Owen Coyle was over the moon after the stunning win.

"Maribor are a very good side but from start to finish I thought we were outstanding," he said.

"The football we played, we passed and moved the ball at a real intensity culminating in some terrific goalscoring chances.

"Not that there is any negative, but there's no doubt we could have scored six or seven goals tonight."

He added: "The lads stuck to their task and Nick Powell rounded it off, which was fitting. The fans were brilliant tonight and it's fitting they left on the back of seeing a wonderful goal."

Wigan now sit second on the Group D table on four points from two outings, two behind next opponent Rubin Kazan, and three ahead of third-placed Zulte-Waregem.

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