Zulte-Waregem 0-0 Wigan: Latics earn a point on European debut

The hosts were on top for the majority of the game, with Chelsea loanee Thorgan Hazard among their ranks, as Owen Coyle opted to make seven changes from Wigan's domestic pursuits
Wigan's first ever European campaign got off to a solid start with a 0-0 Europa League draw at Zulte-Waregem on Thursday.

The hosts dominated large spells of the game but were unable to break the deadlock in the Group D encounter at the Jan Breydelstadion.

Wigan manager Owen Coyle made seven changes to the side that lost 2-0 to Leicester City in its last Championship game, with the likes of Marc-Antoine Fortune, Jean Beausejour and Roger Espinoza all left out.

Coyle also opted to rest in-form forward Shaun Maloney in favor of former Sunderland man James McClean.

Wigan made the better start to the game, with James McArthur seeing his shot from outside the box glance the post in just the second minute.

The home side then had a good chance to open the scoring though, Wigan keeper Scott Carson saving well from Ibrahima Conte.

And the visitors again had Carson to thank for keeping them level going into the break, as the England international thwarted both Thorgan Hazard and Conte for a second time with excellent stops.

Dury’s men continued to pressure Wigan after the interval, with Mouhamadou Habibou only able to head wide after getting on the end of a brilliant cross from Davy De Fauw just minutes after the restart.

That effort was followed up shortly after by a shot from Conte as Carson was again called into action, but Wigan then went close as Zulte-Waregem keeper Sammy Bossut to pulled off a brilliant save from James Perch's effort.

That proved to be the visitors' only chance of note for the remainder of the game, as the hosts piled forward in search of a winner.

However, they found Carson in inspired form as Coyle's side held on to claim a valuable point.

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