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“IT’S GOING TO BE A BIG CHALLENGE” – GARY CALDWELL PREVIEWS BURTON

23 November 2015

“We have to keep improving,” says Gary ahead of ‘big challenge’ against Burton Albion.

  • Gary Caldwell previews Sky Bet League One clash with Burton Albion.
  • Latics ready for ‘big challenge’ on Tuesday evening.
  • Michael Jacobs being assessed closely after knee injury against Shrewsbury.
Speaking at Christopher Park ahead of Latics’ Sky Bet League One fixture against Burton Albion on Tuesday 24 November, 7.45pm kick off, Gary Caldwell took time to give his considered reflection on the weekend’s victory over Shrewsbury Town, as well as previewing the visit of the Brewers.

GARY ON SHREWSBURY TOWN WIN



Alex Revell heads home the winner against Shrewsbury Town.

“It was another great home win in which we needed to give everything to get us over the line.

“It was a difficult game, but we played well in the first half and could have scored more goals in that period.  Playing in the second half at 1-0 you’re never safe in this league because teams just keep on coming at you.

“Shrewsbury put us under a lot of pressure, but I felt that we dealt with it comfortably and we didn’t look like losing a goal.

“Jussi (Jaaskelainen) was forced into one very good save, but other than that he wasn’t troubled by much.

“I’m disappointed looking back that we wasted opportunities on the counter attack, but it’s a fantastic win and keeps the run going with confidence heading into Tuesday night.”

GARY ON MICHAEL JACOBS BLOW



Michael Jacobs forced off on Saturday after a knock to his knee.

“It was a blow to lose Michael Jacobs so early on, and it took us 10 minutes to get back to playing.  When you make a substitute that early it can take time.

“We put Will (Grigg) on in an unfamiliar position and he adapted very well and worked extremely hard from that role.

“Michael’s struggling a bit, he took a hard bang on the knee, and we’ll need to assess him further before we can know when he’ll be available again.”

GARY ON BURTON ALBION

“Burton are a very well organised team.  I’ve watched them this season and looking over the footage they make it very difficult for you to break down.

“They try to hit you on the counter and they put you under pressure from those positions, they’re a hard team to play against.

“They’re going to turn up to the DW with confidence being high up the league, and they’ve carried on their form from last season of knowing how to win games.  It’s going to be a big challenge for us.

“We’ll take the same professional approach to the game, it’s got that big game feeling about it, but we’ll be ready as usual to face a tough task.

“We knew that if we won on Saturday we’d be setting ourselves up for a big week, and we need to make sure we build on that against Burton.”

GARY ON TEAM SPIRIT



Alex Revell celebrates his match winner with Tim Chow and Max Power.

“I look back to earlier on in the season with players leaving and players coming in and it was a difficult time for us, but now we’ve got a togetherness and a belief amongst the players.

“The spirit is fantastic.  I struggle to think back over my career to find a team that are as tight and as supportive as much as these players are.

“For the team to come together so much in such a short space of time has been great.  You can see in every game that they’re playing for each other, they’re fighting for the club and it’s great to see from my point of view.

“From day one all of the players have bought into what we want them to do.  The supporters don’t see training, but if they did I think they would be extremely pleased by the attitude of the group.

“I’ve said before that if you have that positivity in training you can go a long way.  The belief that winning has given us has taken us on, but we have to keep working and we can’t rest on the results we’ve collected recently.

“We have to keep improving.  It’s good that we’re winning games and we still looking back at them for areas to improve on.”


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