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GARY CALDWELL LOOKS BACK ON ALTRINCHAM DRAW

15 July 2015

Altrincham a solid test as Latics step up pre-season preparations.

  • Gary Caldwell reflects on Altrincham draw.
  • Boss praises bright start and wide play.
  • Physical preparations taking a step forward.
Wigan Athletic manager Gary Caldwell admitted he was slightly disappointed at full time in last night’s 1-1 draw away to Altrincham at the J.Davidson Stadium, but praised the bright start made by his forwards and the dangerous wide play from his full backs in a game which stepped up fitness preparations.

“I’m a little disappointed in the end,” he said, speaking to Latics PlayerHD.

“I think we started really brightly, the front players were causing a lot of problems and we had some good movement to create some good opportunities.

“Billy Mckay scored a great goal, but then we let Altrincham back into the game and we stopped doing a lot of the good things we had done early on.

“The second half was a bit of a struggle and we looked a little leggy, but it’s pre-season and we’re still working the boys really hard, so it’s another step forward in terms of the physical progress and it’s another game under their belts as they head towards 90 minutes.”

Focusing on Latics’ attacking play, Caldwell continued:

“The movement of the front players stood out for me.  The wide players and their relationships with the full backs was impressive, but I thought we tried to force it down the middle too much.

“I would have liked the players to use the threats we had out wide a bit more because I thought the full backs were on and in a lot of space.

“The wide players cutting inside caused problems as well, so it’s something we’ll work on and continue to improve before the season starts.”

Looking ahead to Saturday’s friendly at Southport, Caldwell added:

“It’s all about getting game time for the players. They’re physically ready to go out and play two games in the space of a few days and there’s nothing like match intensity to get players in the right shape for the season.

“Altrincham were a great test for us and Southport will be the same on Saturday, they’re physical opposition and matches like these will carry us on and get us ready for the first game of the season.”




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