Back-to-back home wins leaves Caldwell delighted with home start in League One.
- Gary Caldwell shares his post-Crewe Alexandra thoughts.
- Latics make it three home league games unbeaten.
- Caldwell happy with character shown in third consecutive home clean sheet.
“I’m delighted with the result because it was a tough game,” started Caldwell.
“Like I said before the game, Crewe are a good football team and we had to defend well.
“It’s another clean sheet at home and another home win for the fans. We struggled at home last year, and this season we’re off to a flying start in the league, that’s something we need to continue.”
Michael Jacobs’ 12th minute header proved crucial for Latics, something his manager says the team have been working on at Christopher Park.
“We do work on set pieces in training, but in all honesty it wasn’t meant to happen like that. When there’s movement and aggression in the box it’s hard to defend against, and Michael (Jacobs) took advantage of that.
“At 1-0 we were always hanging on in the game and trying to win the game, but like I said to the boys in the dressing room, we’re happy with another win and another clean sheet because the application from everyone was excellent.
“The only disappointing thing today is that I think we should have scored more goals because we had enough chances in both halves to kill the game off.”
On Latics’ defensive display and the team’s growing home form, Caldwell continued:
“We’ve shown good character at home to be resilient and keep three clean sheets in a row. We need to change our fortunes from last season and as a group we want our home to be a hard place to come to.
“We want teams to be fearful of the way we play by putting on performances like we did against Scunthorpe United. It’s important that we give other teams a hard time here at the DW Stadium.
“Today was a little bit different, but with the backing from the fans today we held on and got the win.”
Caldwell finished by reflecting on the performance of his returning vice-captain Jason Pearce, a welcome addition back into the defence:
“Jason was excellent. We all know Pearcey gives 100% and I thought he added a bit of steel to the back three.
“It’s great to have him back in the team because it’s been a tough summer for him missing out on the majority of pre-season.”