Gary pleased as Latics make it eight unbeaten in all competitions after five-goal thriller at London Road.
- Caldwell: “Fantastic character from the boys.
- ”Max Power excellent all evening, says Gary.
- Boss still looking for more in performance from his side.
Wigan Athletic boss Gary Caldwell was once again delighted as his side showed their immense character to pick up all three points and extend their unbeaten to eight in all competitions with a 3-2 victory at Peterborough United.
Latics’ two-goal advantage was pegged back by the hosts before Max Power scored the match-winning goal for Caldwell’s side and the manager was pleased with his side’s mental strength as they forced a valuable three points.
“I am delighted with result; I said to the players that they have to win games like that and all credit to them because the character they showed was fantastic,” Caldwell explained. “Performance-wise, they know and we know that is has to be better but when you’re not playing at your best and you’re still winning, it is a sign of a good team.
“I am very happy with the attacking intent we showed early in the game but then I felt we didn’t control the game, defensively we weren’t great and we allowed them momentum in the game. I felt their goal, even in the first-half, was coming. We made a change in shape in the first-half to try and see the game through to half-time and we did that.
“Second-half, I thought we were having our best spell in the game and if we got the third goal, it was game over. We had opportunities to do that but we didn’t take them and then they got back into it.
“We’ve been there ourselves with us getting back into games and we know what that momentum brings, it was inevitable they got the second, but again it was unbelievable character from this group of players to pick themselves up off the floor and get the winner.”
On his match-winner, Power, Caldwell was delighted the 22-year-old got the goal his performance deserved whilst Dutch winger Yanic Wildschut, who is proving a real hit after joining on loan from Middlesbrough, came in for praise too.
“Max was excellent all night; his energy and passing was good and he is in a great vein of form, his performance level has gone up another notch recently and that has been great to see.
“When Yanic gets one v one he is a real threat, he tired in the second-half and struggled to get as many opportunities as he did in the first-half. There are other parts of his game he can improve but his goal tonight was fantastic and in such a short space of time he has shown what he can bring to the club.”
Grant Holt and Craig Davies were both introduced from the bench as the strike duo continue to fight for a place back in the side following injury, and Caldwell was pleased with the impact the pair made.
“The squad is very important,” he continued. “Grant and Craig were both excellent when they came on in terms of their experience, the way they held the ball up with Craig setting up the third goal and, at a time when we needed calm heads, they provided that and helped us see out the game and get the win.”