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5 October 2015

Gary Caldwell previews Latics’ trip to Crewe in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

  • Latics travel to Crewe Alexandra in the JPT on Tuesday.
  • No drastic changes says Gary Caldwell.
  • Manager happy with Wildschut impact, but Love unavailable.
Wigan Athletic are preparing for their first appearance in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy for 13 years, as Gary Caldwell takes his side to Crewe Alexandra this Tuesday 6 October.

Speaking to Latics PlayerHD at Christopher Park ahead of the visit to the Alexandra Stadium, Caldwell said he expects to make changes to his squad, but nothing drastic as Latics aim to progress.


“It’s a different competition, but it’ll be the same challenge.  We’ll prepare properly and do our work on Crewe.

“The rules of the competition will allow us to change things slightly and give people game time, which is great because we do have a big squad and people do need that.

“We’ll look into making a few changes, but it’ll be nothing drastic and we’ll definitely have a squad out that is capable of winning the game.

“I think every individual in the squad is different, people are at different stages with us, some are coming back from injury and some simply need game time.

“Other players in the squad need a rest because they’ve played a lot of games, so we’ll assess everyone and plan properly to make sure that we go out with a team that’s capable of getting us through to the next round.”


“Yanic (Wildschut) had an explosive introduction to life as a Wigan player, he had 15 minutes where he showed what he can do in this league.

“He showed his pace and his power, he had an opportunity where the goalie made a great save and he showed that he’s going to be a great addition to the squad.

“Donald (Love) came on in difficult circumstances, it’s never easy to come on with 10 men and have to do what he did, but it’ll be great experience for him.

“Unfortunately for us he’s away with Scotland’s Under 21s this week so he won’t be available for Tuesday or Saturday, but Yanic will be.”


“Crewe are a good footballing team, we’ve obviously played against them and I’ve seen them a few times.  I’m very impressed by the style of football they play, but they probably haven’t won as many points as their performances have deserved.


“They’re very attack minded, they play some great stuff in terms of possession and they make you chase the ball and work hard to win it back.

“The philosophy runs right through the football club, I admire the club a lot.

“It’ll be a very difficult game, just like it was at the DW in the league, but we’re confident that we’ll have a time worthy of winning the tie.”

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