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CALDWELL DISAPPOINTED FOLLOWING EMIRATES FA CUP EXIT

7 November 2015

Boss describes Gigg Lane defeat as lowest point as Latics manager.

  • “Everything that could go wrong, did go wrong” – Caldwell.
  • Gary disappointed by reaction after the hosts went ahead.
  • “Only positive is the opportunity to do something about it on Tuesday,” says Caldwell.
A bitterly frustrated and disappointed Gary Caldwell told wiganathletic.com that Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at Bury in the Emirates FA Cup was his lowest point as Latics boss as goals from Tom Pope, Danny Mayor, Nathan Cameron and Leon Clarke gave the Shakers the victory and put David Flitcroft’s side into the pot for the second round draw.

Speaking shortly after full-time, Caldwell said:

“It’s probably the lowest I have been since I got the job; everything that could go wrong, did go wrong. 

“We have to take it on the chin, we had great support and we apologise to the fans because it was obviously not good enough both in terms of the result and the performance.

“I thought we started well in the game and had opportunities to score but we said before the game that they wouldn’t keep coming so we knew we had to be clinical and we weren’t.

“The first goal is a mistake and we crumbled after that as a team and that is not something we’ve done this season, it’s a massive disappointment but we regroup and go again.

“You have to rally round and do something about a mistake like that and I don’t think we played at all after that, we have to be more hungry in both boxes.”

On an afternoon of few positives, Caldwell said the only one he is taking from the performance at Gigg Lane is the opportunity to put it right on Tuesday evening against Blackpool in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Northern Section quarter-final.

“That 90 minutes is now gone in their careers,” he continued. “That’s in the history books now and they have to live that. You can’t play with your career like that; when you get an opportunity you have to take it and Tuesday night I will have to have a think about picking a team that will be good enough to beat Blackpool and take their opportunity.

“The positive is that you get up to tomorrow and go again; I’ve been there as a player and when you have bad results you have to do something about it. The staff, the players, the fans and the whole football club hurt after a defeat like that but fortunately we have the chance to do something about it, starting tomorrow and then on Tuesday night against Blackpool.”

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