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OWEN Coyle in­sists his side will keep their feet firmly on the ground af­ter ham­mer­ing ten-man Barns­ley on his man­age­rial de­but with Wi­gan.

Ben Wat­son and Grant Holt scored ei­ther side of half-time – with Tykes debu­tant Dale Jen­nings see­ing red af­ter­wards – while Leon Bar­nett and Shaun Maloney com­pleted the rout.

Coyle says he would like to add to his squad and also re­tain his star play­ers.

“If some­one had told me be­fore the game the per­for­mance would be of that stature, we would have grabbed it with both hands,” he said.

“But I stress any­one who comes to Barns­ley and think they’re go­ing to be handed any­thing are sadly mis­taken.

“We knew we had to stand toe-to-toe with them, which we did. We felt there were good per­for­mances in us and it was great to see it come to fruition.

“We could have had a few more, but there are still 45 games to go. I was a pleas­ing start, though, no doubt about it.

“We had of­fen­sive play­ers work­ing their socks off, and a real pleas­ing thing is to come to Barns­ley and get a clean sheet.

“I’ve still got one or two pieces of the jig­saw to bring in. I’ve had no of­fers or en­quiries for any of my play­ers.

“The big one will be James McCarthy as he is a hugely tal­ented player, but we’ve had no of­fers for him.”

The Lat­ics could have gone ahead on 13 min­utes when Maloney con­nected with Jean Beause­jour’s cross but fired straight at Luke Steele.

Ge­off Eltringham waved away a Wi­gan penalty ap­peal when Bar­nett went down un­der Scott Gol­bourne’s chal­lenge from James McArthur’s cross.

Wi­gan’s early pres­sure paid off as they took a 37th-minute lead when Wat­son fired in a 30-yard shot that flew past a div­ing Steele.

Gol­bourne pre­vented Wi­gan dou­bling the lead with a 53rd­minute goal line clear­ance from McArthur.

But, from the re­sult­ing cor­ner, Holt scored on his Wi­gan com­pet­i­tive de­but, flick­ing home Em­mer­son Boyce’s shot from Beause­jour’s cor­ner.

Jen­nings was on the pitch for only five min­utes af­ter see­ing a straight red card for a twofooted chal­lenge on McArthur. From Maloney’s 79th-minute cor­ner, Bar­nett scram­bled in Wi­gan’s third.

And Maloney got his re­ward on 88 min­utes, tap­ping home from sub­sti­tute Marc-An­toine For­tune’s low cross.

Barns­ley boss David Fl­itcroft had no com­plaints with Jen­nings’ dis­missal and be­lieves Wi­gan took their chances at key times. They scored in our best spell and, once they did, they were on the up,” he said.

“There was not much in it in the first half, they had de­cent pos­ses­sion with­out re­ally threat­en­ing us.

“I think he’s (Jen­nings) gone air­borne and he gave the ref­eree an easy de­ci­sion.

“If you’re two feet off the ground, you give the ref­eree an easy de­ci­sion. I didn’t think it was reck­less but he’s given the ref­eree no choice.

“They had no ap­pre­hen­sion about their per­for­mance and they were dom­i­nant cer­tainly af­ter Dale got sent off .

“I was hurt­ing for the play­ers as I didn’t feel they de­served to be passed to death.

“There have been dis­ap­point­ing as­pects with our work but we are go­ing back to the draw­ing board.

“We’ve come up against an ex­cel­lent team but there are an­other 135 points to go in this league.”

PIC­TURES: Ac­tion Im­ages

LOVING IT: Grant Holt is mobbed by team­mates af­ter scor­ing Wi­gan’s sec­ond. Inset: The chal­lenge on James McArthur that saw Dale Jen­nings sent off

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