Boss ecstatic as five-star Latics defeat Colchester United 5-0 at the DW Stadium.
- Praise for whole team as Latics win 5-0 after going three-up inside 15 minutes.
- “Devastating” start a great reaction, says Caldwell.
- Praise for Will Grigg and Donervon Daniels who both score twice in fine performance.
Wigan Athletic manager Gary Caldwell was delighted with his side’s performance as Colchester United were demolished by a performance full of intensity, desire and quality at the DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
A brace apiece for Donervon Daniels and Will Grigg, either side of Max Power’s 25-yard deflected drive, secured a 5-0 victory for Caldwell’s side with the first four coming in just over half an hour.
Speaking to LaticsPlayerHD post-match, Caldwell was full of praise for his players as they extended their Sky Bet League One home unbeaten run to seven games.
“I am delighted,” Caldwell said. “We had a big talk after Bury and we put our emphasis on our attacking threat and our intent from the first whistle, making sure we are not going in 2-0 down.
“Today I thought we were outstanding from the first minute to the last; we showed the quality we have, we played in the right areas, we caused them all sorts of problems with the front players we have, both those from the start and then off the bench with the impact they made, I couldn’t fault anybody on the pitch.
“The intent, not just the finishing, of the people who put themselves in the box, the people who ran forwards and the passes we put forwards was brilliant. We didn’t lump it forwards, we played in the way we want to play - with a more positive outlook - and I thought we were devastating in those first 15 minutes.
“There is still room for improvement; I think it could have been more than five, that’s good, though, we’ve still got things we can work on and improve and that can only bode well.”
Yanic Wildschut was the instigator for Wigan Athletic, the Dutchman’s pace and power proving dangerous throughout and Caldwell, though pleased with all of his squad, was full of praise for the winger and how the team used his strengths.
“We’re learning as to use Yanic,” he added. “Reece would normally have played high but today he tucked in to allow Yanic to use that space whilst Michael Jacobs and Will Grigg played in different areas of the pitch.
“For the team, it is important to understand and use the strengths of individuals and we did that to great effect.
“We have spoken to our wing backs and told they have to become part of the attacking play as well as helping in defence and it is a big shift to ask of them but today Donervon put himself in there and got himself goals. Reece James as well, he played a different role today to allow Yanic space down that left side, he showed maturity and that intelligence of how to play the game in a way we could hurt them.”
Grigg added the fourth and fifth goals for Latics on a fantastic afternoon, his fourth and fifth since joining the club in the summer.
And Caldwell was pleased for the Northern Ireland international.
“I was really happy for Will; he didn’t play as an out-and-out number nine, he played more to the right to free up space for Yanic and Michael,” Caldwell explained. “I said to him that, if he did that and then got into the box, then he might still get chances and his two goals were great.
“That will give him confidence to score the goals he knows he can, he has been quiet recently but he is going to kick-off and, when he gets opportunities, he shows he is not going to miss many.”
Caldwell was naturally delighted as his side’s unbeaten run at the DW Stadium in Sky Bet League One continued, though he is fully aware that two away games this week – at Peterborough United and Bradford City – come at a time when his side can really push on in their search for promotion back to the Championship.
“We needed to give the fans something to cheer about after a dismal season here last season and they’ve seen an attacking team today that is full of quality and can score goals from a number of positions, hopefully there is more of that to come,” he continued.
“It is a big week for this club; that result will send a message around this league because a 5-0 score will jump out at other teams and when they see the highlights they’ll know it could have been more.”