Boss pleased with endeavour, quality and tactical nous as his side get back to winning ways at Barnsley.
- Caldwell pleased to get team selection right, praising his players for their performance in a different system.
- Praise for Andy Kellett as he scores on his first league start for Latics.
- “A great team performance,” says Gary.
Goals from Andy Kellett and substitute Yanic Wildschut secured all three points for Caldwell’s side as they got back to winning ways following a three-game winless run in the league.
Reflecting post match with LaticsPlayer HD, Caldwell was pleased that his team selection worked, especially given the four changes he made and the inclusion of only one striker in Will Grigg.
“We got it right,” Caldwell explained. “We have done a lot of work this week on different ways to attack and different ways to hurt teams.
“It was probably a bit peculiar to look at our starting XI because we were a team that needed to score more goals and instead of going with more strikers we went with less.
“I thought first-half it was sensational the way we played with the overload we had in midfield and the runners we had from midfield – the first goal was superb.”
Kellett, making his first league start for Latics, was highlighted for special praise as he moved from his more natural left back role to a midfield position that saw him link up with striker Grigg and fellow forward Michael Jacobs.
The 22-year-old scored the opening goal with a fine finish and proved a vital cog for Latics in a performance that saw chances created from all over the field.
“Andy was fantastic,” Caldwell added. “I thought about playing him deeper but it was Graham Barrow who said to me to play him higher up and we worked on that in training and it paid off.
“He showed his quality, he is very quick with the ball, he can manipulate the ball with his low centre of gravity and he is very hard to defend against.
“Once he gets stronger and plays more games then it is definitely a position he can play in and cause teams a lot of problems.”
It wasn’t just the quality of the performance that pleased Caldwell, though, as his team produced a display of desire and fight to record a victory after a difficult fortnight.
And the manager was pleased with the effort from his players and the character they showed to collect the three points in South Yorkshire.
“You come away from home and you are never going to control the whole 90 minutes, you have to defend and we put our bodies on the line right from the front,” he continued. “I thought Will Grigg’s work rate was sensational and then Alex Revell came on and carried that on and that spreads right through the team.”
“The three central defenders were brilliant too; when the ball came into our box they headed it, they kicked it away and helped to produce a great team performance which is big for our confidence and something to build on.
“I knew that sort of performance was there from our group and I never questioned that because every team goes through a sticky spell in a season and hopefully we have come out of ours now and it will take us to where we want to be.”