Boss assesses DW Stadium stalemate with Paul Dickov’s side.
- Caldwell “disappointed” with overall performance.
- First clean sheet of the season is a positive.
- Scot feels Latics need to pass the ball better if they are to be dangerous.
Wigan Athletic manager Gary Caldwell was disappointed with his side’s overall performance as they drew 0-0 with Doncaster Rovers at the DW Stadium on Sunday.
Caldwell watched on as his bravely fought out for a point with Paul Dickov’s side as they peppered Richard O’Donnell’s goal in the closing stages with some dangerous balls into the box.
Reflecting on the draw, Caldwell told LaticsPlayer HD:
“It’s a point, our first on the board, and that’s something we can take from the game but it’s a disappointing performance overall – we didn’t really get to grips with the game at any point.
“We had two or three pass and moves that caused them problems and gave us opportunities but in the end it was pretty disappointing and we have to build on it and improve.
“A clean sheet is good; we had to defend well at times from a lot of corners but we put our bodies on the line, we blocked balls and won headers so from that point of view we can’t argue, everyone gave it their all.”
On a more positive note, aspects of Latics’ attacking play looked dangerous and Caldwell felt his side needed to produce their crisper football on a more regular basis.
“I felt when we passed it, moved it quickly and got the full backs over-lapping and the wide men coming inside, we caused them problems,” he added. “We knew we would and we created opportunities but we just couldn’t put it in the back of the net.
“There weren’t enough of those moments, though, we need to pass the ball better in order to control the game better than we did today and that’s the disappointing part.”
New loan signing Shaquile Coulthirst came on for his Latics debut from the bench and Caldwell feels the England youth international will get better over time.
“I thought Shaquile gave us a bit of a spark when we were struggling,” Caldwell continued. “We didn’t start the second-half well and he provided a bit of energy and pace to the team.
“He’s a young player who we’ll work with and he’s only been in two days so he’ll get better with us.”
A controversial finish may have seen Latics awarded with a penalty as Max Power was bundled over in the box and, though Caldwell was disappointed with the decision, he felt his side may have got away with a couple of their own.
“It’s a stonewall penalty,” he said. “I thought that at the time and Adam our analyst has confirmed that but I think they had a couple of shouts for a penalty too so we can’t complain too much.”