Boss disappointed to lose first Sky Bet League One game at the DW Stadium this season.
- Home unbeaten run comes to an end as Burton Albion steal late winner on Tuesday night.
- Gary Caldwell feels result was harsh, but admits his side needed to be better.
- “We need to be sharper in possession,” says Caldwell.
Latics manager Gary Caldwell was left to reflect on a frustrating evening as Burton Albion were the first side to leave the DW Stadium with all three points in Sky Bet League One this season.
Nasser El Khayati bagged the second-half winner for the Brewers, who scored after a sustained spell of Latics pressure in and around their penalty area.
Caldwell spoke to LaticsPlayerHD afterwards and admitted his disappointment in both the result and aspects of his side’s performance.
“We’re obviously very disappointed to lose, especially at home,” Caldwell said. “After such a great start to the season here, naturally it hurts.
“I don’t think we played great in the game but I don’t think we deserved to lose the game; Burton came here with a game plan to sit in, to frustrate, they took their time with every throw-in and eventually they got a breakaway goal at the end.
“Credit to Burton, though, because they came and did a job on us but we look at ourselves and we know we can be better, we know we need to be sharper in possession and we need to give better angles off the ball to allow the man on the ball to have more options.”
Latics had a chance early in the second-half to go ahead when Tim Chow headed wide whilst Max Power and Reece James both spurned golden chances to equalise in quick succession.
And Caldwell admitted the missed opportunities summed up a difficult evening for his side.
“With the chances we had, we need to be more clinical because, regardless of how Burton frustrated us, we still had chances within the game,” he added.
“I said to the players after the game that those chances we missed really summed our night up; nothing really went for us, we knew how they were going to play but we didn’t have the speed to our play or the creativity we’ve had in recent weeks and we couldn’t break them down.”
After a first defeat in two months, Caldwell is looking for his side to bounce back, starting on Saturday at Southend United.
“Every defeat hurts but we have to move on and go on another run of 12 league games unbeaten, then we’ll get to where we want to be,” Caldwell explained.
“A defeat obviously opens up opportunities for players to train well and fight for positons; we’ve got a squad and we have to use it because Saturday is the third game we’re going to play in a week and fatigue will undoubtedly play its part with it being a long trip away.”