Coyle looking forward to 'special' night during Wigan home European bow

The former Bolton boss is anticipating a historic night at the DW Stadium when his side play out their second ever Europa League tie and is targeting a run to the knockout stages
Wigan boss Owen Coyle is hoping for a special night against Maribor as the DW Stadium prepares to host its first ever continental encounter.

The Latics picked up a point on the road in their first Europa League match opposite Belgians Zulte Waregem, while they will now welcome the Slovenians on Thursday.

And Coyle is keen to see his side come away with their maiden European victory against a squad experienced in continental competition.

"It's the first home tie," he told reporters. "We've obviously had the experience of the first European tie for the club against Zulte Waregem in Belgium, where we acquitted ourselves very well.

"And what we want to do now is achieve maximum points tomorrow night, which would put us in a nice place in terms of the standings in the group.

"But to do that we're going to have to play very well because they're a very good side. They changed their coach at the weekend so that brings one or two things that they may change.

"For us, it's important we get to our standard and perform as we can. We've got good players and we're in the process of building a very good team.

"Hopefully it will be a special atmosphere. Coming along for the first home European tie, it will be a special night for everybody."

Coyle also asserted that he has made success in the Europa League a priority for Wigan, despite dealing with a packed fixture list while fighting for promotion back to the Premier League.

"Any competition you enter you want to be winning games," the Latics boss added. "We as a group want to progress to the knockout stages and to do that we've got to overcome some terrificly talented opponents.

"The amount of games we've had to play has been difficult, especially given the fact we've had real injury concerns. But we know moving forward we're going to be in a very strong position.

"We're trying to build a squad that can cope with those demands. Going into the international break, we've got two home games, we want to win both of them and we'll do everything in our power to do that."