Honest assessment from manager after disappointing final day loss at Brentford.
- Caldwell says defeat at Griffin Park was simply not good enough.
- “Squad needs fresh impetus in the summer” – Gary.
- Scot says Latics let their fans down in the capital.
Latics manager Gary Caldwell felt his side’s second-half performance in Saturday’s 3-0 defeat at Brentford was well below par and he says he’s learnt a lot about his side ahead of what is expected to be a busy summer for the club.
Caldwell watched on as Latics failed to react in the second-half after going behind to an unfortunate deflected Alex Pritchard free-kick prior to half-time, with Jota and Andre Gray sealing a play-off spot for the Bees.
“I think it was the worst performance since I’ve been in charge and I’ve said that to the players because in the second-half we let the fans down, we let the club down and we weren’t good enough – we have to come back next year with a different mind-set,” Caldwell explained.
“I played some players who I wanted to see today and I learnt a lot, looking forward to next year, and I’ll use that.
“The whole club wants the players that want to be here and want to be part of it, if they’re willing to buy into it and work hard, but I’m sure they’ll be a big turnaround of players this summer.
“We’ve been working since Tuesday night, working hard, trying to get players in, players that want to come here and be part of something.”
On the re-building process this summer, Caldwell says the squad needs a fresh impetus and he promised the fans that they’ll see a better team on the first day of next season.
“It’s going to be a long and hard process and we’re going to need some fresh impetus to the squad, I think the players that want to leave, will leave, we need to rebuild all through the summer, pre-season we’ll work very hard and I can assure the fans that we’ll have a better team on the pitch next year,” he added.
“The fans were amazing, we let them down today; they pay a lot of money to come and back us and support us and the second-half wasn’t good enough.
“I’m working very hard to do something about it and I can promise them next year that we’ll be a better team.”