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Wigan boss Coyle hails rise to Europe from division four

Wigan Athletic manager Owen Coyle has praised the club for the work they have done over the past decade-and-a-half to be where they are today.

The Latics clinched their first-ever victory in European competition when they defeated NK Maribor 3-1 on Thursday night and Coyle was so proud of how far the club has come since they were wallowing in the lower leagues not too long ago.

"When we bring it all together, it's a terrific sight to see, and you saw that tonight. The fans were bouncing, enjoying European football," he said.

"Sixteen years ago we were a Division Four club and to be out there on that European stage - and not only on the stage but showing the quality they did. Because with that performance tonight, we would have stood toe-to-toe with an awful lot of teams, and that was very pleasing."

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