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Wigan's Coyle feels aggrieved by first loss in Europe

Wigan Athletic boss Owen Coyle was left to ponder what might have been as his side were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Rubin Kazan in the Europa League on Thursday night.

The defeat was the Championship clubs first in four European outings and was not completely deserved according to the manager who felt his Latics could have at least gained a pointy from the contest.

"I was a little bit annoyed in that from our point of view, it was a soft goal to lose," Coyle said.

"But in the second half, we dominated a very good side.

"We certainly shouldn't be leaving here on the end of a 1-0 scoreline. We have hit the woodwork and had numerous chances in the second half.

"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.

"My only disappointment is to leave with no points, because we certainly deserved to take something from the game."

Coyle added: "I felt the players were a credit to the football club.

"The fans travelled here to Kazan, who have made everyone feel very welcome, and I felt the players certainly showed application and a lot of quality at times as well on a difficult pitch.

"We are disappointed, but not with the performance - only in terms that we have taken no points and lost our uneaten record in European football."

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