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4 December 2015

“The closer you get, the more determined you are.” – Gary looks ahead to the JPT Area Semi-Final.

  • Gary Caldwell previews visit of Barnsley in the JPT.
  • Date of game and prices of tickets a fantastic decision says Caldwell.
  • Chris McCann the only fresh doubt as Gary discusses team selection.
Speaking ahead of Latics’ Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Northern Semi-Final with Barnsley on Saturday 5 December at the DW Stadium, Gary Caldwell told Latics PlayerHD that his side will approach the game in the same positive manner they have for the previous two rounds… with pride and passion.


“The decision to play the game on a Saturday is a great one.  Any manager will tell you that playing Saturday-Tuesday-Saturday is difficult because the recovery and preparation times are much shorter.

“We’ve had a normal week of training, the boys have worked really hard and we’ve worked on a lot of things we felt we had to work on from the previous few games.

“It’s also a great kick off time for our supporters too.  The ticket prices are fantastic, at this time of year they’re very reasonable for adults and children.

“Families can come along and support us, and hopefully it’s not too much of a financial burden to them, so I think we’ve made a fantastic decision to do that as a club.

“To watch a game of professional football for £5 in this day and age is pretty much unheard of, but also the fact that kids can come down for £1 because it’s important that we get as many into the stadium as possible, they’re the future of this club.

“Hopefully people will turn up in their numbers and see a real team performance and a team that they can be proud of, playing for the club with real passion, which might encourage them to come back and support us in the near future.”


“We approached the first two rounds in a really positive manner.  The results were excellent, and the league results after them were good as well because of that momentum that winning games gives you.

“We’ll prepare in exactly the same way and put a team out that we think can win the game.  The closer you get to Wembley, the more you’re determined to win to take our fans back there.

“There needs to be a mix of continuing the good things from last weekend, as well as allowing some players to prove themselves in the team.

“There are a lot of things to think about when picking a team, but first and foremost we have to be confident of winning with the team we select.

“We’ve also got to think about different players and the game time that they need. Other players may need a rest, and we want to build different partnerships within the team, so all of those things need to be considered.

“Chris (McCann) is struggling after coming off on Saturday at Southend, but it’s not as bad as we first thought, which is very good news. He’s the only fresh concern we’ve got at the moment.”


“Barnsley have shown themselves to be a good side in the games I’ve seen.  We’ve seen before from teams who have come to the DW and been down near the bottom, that there are no easy games.

“Shrewsbury, Crewe and Swindon all gave us difficult games, so we know again that it’s going to be tough.

“Barnsley will come and raise their game against us, just as every team has this year, and we have to be prepared for that and go out and match that to let our quality come through.”

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