Manager looks ahead to Saturday’s televised early kick-off with Rochdale.
- Caldwell believes local derby and early kick-off will create exciting fixture.
- Reaction to last weekend’s defeat at Bury “excellent”.
- Gary also backing new loan signing Alex Revell to be positive addition to his squad.
Gary Caldwell believes the nature of a 12:30pm kick-off and the Sky Sports cameras will add an extra spice to Saturday’s local derby with Rochdale.
Latics are set to be backed by another four-figure following at Spotland and Caldwell expects another exciting occasion.
“We’ve had a few local derbies this year already and they’ve all proved to be very exciting so now we have another one to look forward to,” Caldwell explained.
“Being on Sky, it gives it an extra dimension as everyone is really geared up for the game and being an early kick-off it gives an opportunity to get a result and put pressure on the teams above us.”
After last weekend’s 4-0 Emirates FA Cup defeat at Bury, a Latics side including ten changes defeated Blackpool 4-0 in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy on Tuesday evening, a reaction that has pleased Caldwell.
“The Bury game was poor,” he added. “We’ve dealt with that and the reaction to that has been excellent from the Sunday after the defeat at Gigg Lane.
“The boys that got the chance to play on Tuesday did the club proud and produced a great performance. To make that many changes, and play as well as we did, in the style of football that we’ve played all season, was very pleasing. It’s given me food for thought in terms of selection for Saturday.”
“To make ten changes as we did against Blackpool and then to win so convincingly shows the strength we have in the squad and that is a good thing that will come to the fore probably in the second half of the season. It’s good to know we have that quality to call upon when it is needed.”
Caldwell added further to that squad with the addition of Alex Revell from Cardiff on a temporary loan deal.
And the Scot was pleased to get his man:
“Alex is somebody we looked at in the summer,” Caldwell explained. “We tried very hard to get him right up until the very last hours of the transfer window. It couldn’t be done then, though, and the opportunity has come up now to get it done and everyone at the club has worked very hard to get the deal done.
“Since he has come in, he’s been excellent; he’s shown in training the quality he has and he has got great experience, he’s a leader and I am sure he will be a great addition to the squad.
“I said to the chairman, when we were trying to get Alex in, that the opportunity to bring somebody in who has been playing regularly at a higher level is rare. Normally it is a case of a player coming down to get games but he is fit, he is ready to go and match sharp.”