Gary Caldwell urges Latics fans to greet the players as they arrive for the Brighton match.New Wigan Athletic manager Gary Caldwell, who will take charge of his first match at the DW Stadium when Latics take on Brighton And Hove Albion in the crucial Sky Bet Championship match this coming Saturday, has urged supporters to come and greet the players as they arrive at the stadium – like they did in the Premier League survival seasons.
Caldwell says: “I remember in 2011 and 2012 when the supporters used to come and greet us as we came off the car park before games. You could see then how much the club meant to them. It made you feel ten feet tall as a player, and even more desperate to do it for them.
“I really think that if it adds just a few percentage points to a player’s performance, it can make a positive impact.
“We have to win, simple as that, and this is when we need the supporters to get behind the team. It’s not over yet, and until it is we keep on fighting.”
With the side now eight points behind 21st placed Rotherham United with just three games to go this season, Caldwell knows that only victory will suffice against the Seagulls on Saturday. The Millers do not play this weekend so victory would close that gap to five points with two games to play.
“Our fans have been brilliant this season, considering we haven’t won here for so long, and now we need them again.
“So please come down to the DW, cheer on the lads as they arrive if you can, if not then just give everything to back them during the game. Keep believing, that’s what we do.”
THE PLAYERS WILL BE ARRIVING AT THE PLAYERS CAR PARK AT H GATE, AT THE CORNER OF THE EAST AND SOUTH STANDS, FROM AROUND 1.00PM ON THE DAY OF THE MATCH.
Tickets are available until kick off on Saturday from the DW Stadium Ticket Office, or in advance by phone on 0871 66 33 552*, online to collect at wiganathletic.com/tickets or in person at the ticket office until 5.00pm today.
*Calls to 0871 66 33 552 are charged at 10p/min from a BT landline. Mobiles and other networks may vary.