Boss pleased with success over the Sandgrounders and gives Jason Pearce update.
- Caldwell happy with performance in win over Southport.
- Switches in formation are giving us options.
- Pearce injury better than first feared.
Latics boss Gary Caldwell praised the performance of his side in their second pre-season friendly of 2015 as Southport were downed 2-0 at the Merseyrail Community Stadium.
Two own goals helped Latics secure their first win of their pre-season campaign after a 1-1 draw at Altrincham on Tuesday night and Caldwell was pleased with his side’s application.
“I thought we played very well,” he said. “Right from the start we had a good work ethic and we pressed high up the pitch, which is something we’ve been working on.
“I thought our control of the game was much better than it was on Tuesday so I’m very happy with the overall performance and the result.”
Latics played with wing backs for the clash with Southport, something they’ve not yet done in pre-season and Caldwell was pleased with the way his side adapted, stating that their flexibility stands them in good stead for the season.
“We’ve changed the formations a bit,” Caldwell continued. “We played 3-4-3 in La Manga, 4-3-3 the other night and changed it to 3-5-2 today. We’ve worked a lot on different shapes and the boys have took it on board and that will be a good asset to have – to be flexible and have that ability to change, not only for games, but during the course of games as well.
“I thought it helped Tim and Max to play in front of the game and get balls in behind rather than having to go and receive the ball from defenders whilst Perks just sits in there and keeps things ticking over, I thought the midfield had good balance.”
In terms of fitness, Caldwell saw new signing Will Grigg get 15 minutes under his belt, though he had to do without Jason Pearce who is expected to miss between three and four weeks with a muscle injury.
“Will has worked hard physically with the fitness coaches over the last few days and the aim was to get him 15 minutes today so it was good that he got a feel for it and he’ll get more game time in Scotland next week,” he continued.
“It’s better news than first feared with Jason Pearce; the muscle that we thought was damaged isn’t, it’s another one and the prognosis is three to four weeks.
“It’s good news because it could have been worse and, Pearcey being the man he is, I’m sure he’ll work to be back before then.”