Last Updated: Wed, 21 Aug 2013 11:09
Owen Coyle wants Wigan to adapt to being favourites after they had to fight back from two goals down to earn a 2-2 draw with Doncaster.
Rovers nearly spoiled the party in Coyle's first home game in charge thanks to first-half goals from Theo Robinson and Chris Brown. However, Shaun Maloney's free-kick 12 minutes after the break halved the deficit before Leon Barnett's 90th-minute leveller secured a point.
Wigan's eight-year stint in the top flight ended last season and boss Coyle believes the current squad must switch their mindset when they fall behind now they are frequently expected to win games.
"When all too often in the Premier League you've been second favourites and you lose a goal against a quality team there's a tendency to think you might not get back into it," said Coyle.
"What we've got to understand is even when that happens to ourselves in the Championship, we've got enough quality at any given time to come back in any game against any opposition and I felt the reaction wasn't good enough."
Despite that, Wigan's ability to salvage a draw in the second half pleased Coyle, who added: "When we came in at half-time there was certainly one or two words spoken. The character, the resolve, the desire, everything I ask of teams of mine was there in abundance.
"The spirit they showed, the desire, the work-rate for each other in the second half is very pleasing. Obviously we need to make sure we're not giving teams two-goal head-starts but there were a lot of positives to take."
The outcome could have been entirely different too had the hosts been awarded a 15th-minute penalty when Grant Holt was hauled down by Reece Wabara right in front of goal.
"I've seen it back and it's the biggest stonewall penalty you'll ever see in your life," said Coyle. "Grant's a yard in front of the lad and the lad's just dragged him to the ground. I've got no doubts if we had gone that goal in front we'd have gone on to win that game with a couple of goals to spare.
"But, fair play to Doncaster, they got a 2-0 lead...second half it was like that old movie 'The Alamo'. It was waves of attacks, we kept coming and coming and it's a great characteristic to have in your team."
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