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GARY CALDWELL PREVIEWS BURY CLASH

9 October 2015

Gary Caldwell previews Latics’ trip to ‘confident’ Bury, as over 1,000 supporters get ready to back the team.

  • Gary Caldwell’s Bury v Latics preview.
  • Latics without Grigg, Love, Davies and Vuckic, as Morgan and Flores return.
  • Caldwell praises players who ‘took the opportunity’ to impress on Tuesday.
GARY ON BURY PROSPECT

“We know his quality.  It didn’t quite work out for him here, but we know he’s a quality player at this level and we need to make sure we look after him on Saturday.

“He scored twice against us earlier in the season and proved to everyone what he’s about, but Leon’s a player who doesn’t really need to prove anything, because he’s always performed at this level.

“Bury are full of confidence and scoring goals, but we have to approach the game in our usual manner and concentrate on how we play on the day and how we can cause Bury problems on the day.”

GARY ON 1,000+ TRAVELLING SUPPORT

“It’s been fantastic.  It’s great for the players to see such a level of support and know that they’ve got the fans behind them in their push to get back up the leagues.

I think the fans have enjoyed it so far,  they’re back to visiting the clubs that they’re probably more used to watching Wigan play against and you can tell they’re having great fun in the stands at our games this season, so it’s doubly important that we start to repay them for the backing they give us.”

GARY ON TEAM NEWS

“It’s disappointing to lose players on international duty, but we’ve shown in the past that we can cope without players due to the squad we’ve got and I’m sure this weekend will be no different.

“There won’t be any returns this weekend.  Haris (Vuckic) is back training today and Craig Davies should be back in training at the start of next week.

“It’s good to have Craig (Morgan) and Jordan (Flores) returning from suspension, the squad looks in good shape even though we still have injuries to players who we’d like to have back.

“Chris (McCann) had a slight knock in the first half on Tuesday, so we took him off as a precaution, but he should be fine.”

GARY ON OPPORTUNITIES

“It was a great performance on Tuesday, we made a few changes and our application was very good.

“We were put under a lot of pressure by Crewe who played well themselves and scored goals, but we passed the test and worked hard for the result.

“Certain players have given me choices to make. I said before the game it was an opportunity, not just to get to Wembley and win a cup, but for the guys who haven’t been playing to get in the team.

“Everyone involved took that opportunity, so it’s given me more thought for the team on Saturday without a doubt.

GARY ON YANIC WILDSCHUT IMPACT

“Yanic was fantastic.  On Saturday we saw the impact he can have at this club whilst he’s here.  His pace and power is a huge threat, but on Tuesday he added that goal which was phenomenal.

“When you watch it back again it’s an unbelievable strike, if it had been a Premier League player scoring that goal we’d have been hearing about it and talking about it for days on end.

“We know he’s got that quality, we now have to find a way to get him on the ball more and use that quality often.”

GARY ON DON COWIE AND GRANT HOLT

“Grant and Don were excellent.  Don came on early in the game and showed his experience to help us control the game at a time that we needed it most when we conceded the goals.

“Grant came on in the second half an provided that physical presence, the know-how of when to get free kicks, when to drop in for the ball or take us up the park.  His work rate in general was great.

“They both did well and both showed that they have big futures here.  They’re both closer to starting games as they get their physical fitness up to the level we need.”


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