Manchester United 2-0 Wigan Athletic
The FA Community Shield sponsored by McDonalds
2pm, Sunday 11 August 2013
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Owen Coyle believes his Wigan Athletic side have every reason to be proud of their performance in Sunday’s FA Community Shield at Wembley.
The FA Cup-winners were beaten 2-0 by Manchester United - but their new manager took plenty of positives.
Coyle said: “The only disappointment from today was the scoreline.
"If truth be told, we started the game a little slowly and conceding the opening goal from a world-class header, but after that we really grew into the game, had a couple of good opportunities and made Manchester United chase the ball in phases.
“The second goal came in what I felt was our best spell in the game - it was a half-hit shot that deflected past Scott Carson and into the back of the net from Man United’s first attack of the half.”
Coyle, who took over from Roberto Martinez in June, said the defeat by United will remind his players of the importance of a return to the Premier League.
He added: “We won’t face the quality of Man United every week, but that’s who we want to be facing every week and the players are up for the battle.
“I have a group of players who want to do well for Wigan and that’s very pleasing as a manager.”
Coyle’s much-changed squad return to Championship action at Bournemouth on Saturday, before hosting Doncaster Rovers three days later.
The Scot said: “Overall, the lads stuck to their task, we were able to use all six substitutes and give plenty of the players game-time and whilst it was great to be a part of this occasion, one we felt at times we had a real chance of winning, the test will stand us in good stead for next weekend’s trip to Bournemouth.
“We’ll have no problem lifting people once more for the game at Dean Court.
"Between now and then a lot of players will be heading off on international duties which shows the quality and strength in depth we have at the club, and they’ll be pushing one another for a place in the team once they’ve all returned.”