“We have to be braver in the final third.” – Gary Caldwell.
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Gary also credited the squad for their work in the community this week, with various visits around the town and borough to spread Christmas cheer.
GARY ON… LEARNING FROM DEFEATS
“We’ve looked over last week’s defeat to Blackpool, went through the negatives points and the positive points of the performance.
“There were still a lot of positives and we’re still getting a lot of things right, but our play in the final third has to be better, has to be more dynamic and we have to be more daring in terms of the runs we make, the passes we play and the crosses and shots that we take on.
“We’ve worked a lot on that this week and the boys have been very good in training.
“It was particularly frustrating because it wasn’t a lack of application, work rate or talent that lost us that game against Blackpool, it’s more a case of needing to be braver in the final third and having the quality to cut teams open.
“We also have to be better defensively, because last weekend should have been 0-0. We shouldn’t be conceding a goal from a set piece against a team who didn’t cause us many problems.
“That’s another lesson that lads are learning, in those types of games the worst case scenario has to be a 0-0 draw and you move on, but we know we have to be better in the final third and I’m sure we will be.”
GARY ON… BARNSLEY CHALLENGE AND CHRISTMAS PERIOD
“It’s not so much a case of redeeming ourselves from the defeat to Barnsley in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy, it’s another game in League One and that’s our only target this year, and has been since the very first day of pre-season.
“It’s another game were aiming to pick three points up from. The league is tight right from mid-table to second or third place, Burton have a little bit of a gap at the top, so we have to close that gap and keep chipping away to get where we want to be.
“We have to go on a run over a very important period this Christmas, especially due to the recent results, but I see a team and a group of players who are hungry, who want to do well and who have been learning from the things we’ve shown them this week.
“I just want our players to go out and show that to our supporters on Saturday and get the rewards that they deserve for their effort.”
GARY ON… SQUAD NEWS
“It’s pretty much the same squad as last weekend.
“Chris McCann and Craig Morgan are still a little bit away from fitness, but hopefully they’ll be available for selection again very soon.”
GARY ON… VISITS INTO THE COMMUNITY
“It’s great for the players to get out and mix with the local community. It’s very important for us as a club to look out to the community and the people of Wigan, especially at this time of year.
“We try to help those that are not as fortunate as we are, and it seems like everyone has enjoyed our visits, from the players to the staff and children at each place we visited.
“It’s a very humbling experience, it’s good for the players to see places like Hope School and the children’s ward at the hospital in person and hopefully they have put smiles on faces across the town.”