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POWELL TOLD ME HE’D SCORE

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20:37 2nd November 2013

by Paul Chialton

Gaffer praises matchwinner and rest of team after Huddersfield victory

Nick Powell once again played a key role for Wigan Athletic on Saturday afternoon, scoring the winning goal in the team’s 2-1 victory over Huddersfield Town at the DW Stadium.

After the game, Manager Owen Coyle revealed the secret to the 19-year-old’s goalscoring performances, which see him with five goals to his name in all competitions this season.

Coyle said: “Every day at the training ground he steals my cans of Irn Bru, telling me that with each can he takes he’ll pay me back with a goal!

“To be fair he’s come up trumps on a few occasions so I’ll have to make sure I’ve got plenty in during the season!”

“He tried to dummy a ball in a dangerous area and it’s typical of our luck lately that the error led to a goal, heading in off Ryan Shotton’s heel with the initial shot was heading nowhere.

“But at half-time he came to me and said, ‘don’t worry Gaffer, I’ll go and get the winner’ and true to his word that’s what he did. His confidence is high and there’s no doubting his ability, so it was great to see him get what proved to be the winner.”

Coyle was also full of praise for the whole team, responding to the disappointment of conceding an equaliser in first half injury time by retaking the lead after the break and working hard to ensure the three points stayed at the DW Stadium.

He said: “They were three well-earned points in a game we had to win twice; at 1-0 we were in control but shot ourselves in the foot conceding the goal as we did before the break.

“We went in search of that elusive third goal thereafter, and although Huddersfield came here on the back of a good victory against Leeds they did little to trouble our goal.

“I have to say that I also think we were denied two clear penalties today, following fouls on Marc-Antoine Fortune and Marc Albrighton, and I’m not sure what it is we have to do to win one.

“But overall I couldn’t be happier with the boys today, they’ve been a credit to themselves once again.

“This was the third game in six days and the first of three in the next eight, but their fitness levels are high, which we worked hard to achieve in pre-season, and they’re giving everything they’ve got over the 90 minutes.

“The character in the squad is brilliant, these players want to do well for Wigan Athletic and they don’t know when to stop. We’ve still got that game in hand, we’re still improving as a group, but little by little we’ll keep picking away at the league and moving up towards where we want to be and come the end of the season we’ll be where we should.”

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