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GARY CALDWELL ON ‘OUTSTANDING’ PERFORMANCE

19 August 2015

‘Composure, intensity and authority’ says Caldwell as Latics win 3-0 against Scunthorpe.

  • Caldwell delighted with Latics’ 3-0 win against Scunthorpe.
  • ‘Outstanding from the very first minute’ – Gary Caldwell.
  • ‘The players certainly delivered tonight’ – Gary Caldwell.
Speaking to Latics PlayerHD after Wigan Athletic’s 3-0 victory over Scunthorpe United at the DW Stadium, manager Gary Caldwell said his side were ‘outstanding’ for the entirety of their first Sky Bet League One win of the season.

“We were outstanding from the very first minute all the way to the end, we were totally dominant.

“We could have scored more in truth, but I’m very pleased with that display tonight.

“The lads applied a lot of the things we’ve been asking of them in training and I’m happy for them that they’ve got the result that their hard work from day one deserved.

“The players have now got confidence that they see that this way of playing will work and this way of playing is very difficult for our opponents.”

Praising Latics’ style of play, Caldwell continued:

“We’ve spoken a lot about playing from the back with Richard O’Donnell and how we have to impose our style on other teams, and right away we did that tonight.

“There was composure, intensity and authority that showed we were in control tonight.

“It was important that the level continued throughout the game, and the players certainly delivered.”

Latics took the lead through Will Grigg from the penalty spot inside the fourth minute, before Donervon Daniels doubled the score before the half hour mark, something his manager has been expecting to happen.

“Set pieces are something we have worked on a lot, and the moves we’re asking the players to do seem to be getting through. We’ll cause problems for teams in their own area, and Donervon (Daniels) was proof of that tonight.

“The most pleasing thing is our overall style, we showed that we can score goals from it.”

Caldwell introduced summer signing Craig Davies for his first Latics start against the Iron, with the striker delivering, not just with the third goal, but all over the pitch.

“Our threat going forward came from all angles, the two strikers were a handful.  Craig (Davies) coming in really helped Will (Grigg) and the spaces opened up because of their movement and the intensity that they attacked with.

“Craig was outstanding.  We’ve had to be patient with him because he had a slight injury when he came in.  The fitness coaches and physios have done a great job with him.

“I had a chat with Craig on Monday and he spoke to me about training and how he wants to play games to show how good he can be and to be fair to him he backed his words up with a massive performance tonight.”

With his side registering their first victory of the new season, Caldwell reiterated that there’s still a lot to do, and hopes the supporters enjoyed the performance.

“There’s a long way to go, it one result and there is a lot of football to be played.  There is also a lot of improvement we can get from the group of players, this is only the beginning.

“As a group we have to enjoy this victory and the feeling we had in the ground tonight, then we go again in training tomorrow.”

Caldwell continued:

“The atmosphere was excellent.  The fans haven’t had a lot to cheer about, but I hope they can see a team coming together that they can be proud of and that they’ll enjoy watching.

“It was clear to see they enjoyed it tonight.  At times, like on Sunday, it’s going to be difficult because it’s a new team, but they have to stick with us and I believe that we’ll get more nights like this.”

On a separate note, Caldwell said the club are working on a deal to extend midfielder Francisco Junior’s deal.

“We’re trying to extend Francisco’s loan, we’re really hopeful we can because I think he’s been excellent since he came in.

“He’s the right type of midfielder for us, he can hold onto the ball, pass it forwards into dangerous positions and his work rate is second to none, so he’s somebody we really want to keep at the club.”

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