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GARY CALDWELL’S BRADFORD CITY PREVIEW

23 October 2015

Latics looking to attack from the off as Gary previews Bradford clash.

  • Gary Caldwell speaks to Latics PlayerHD ahead of Bradford clash.
  • Attacking play pleasing manager after eight goals in two games.
  • Fully fit squad available to choose from for trip to West Yorkshire.
GARY ON BRADFORD CITY



“Bradford are a well-established club and the manager (Phil Parkinson) has been there a long time, which means they’ve been able to build a certain style of play.

“They’ve got a big support behind them, me and Graham (Barrow) went to see them play Sheffield United, so we know what to expect in terms of the atmosphere and the intensity with which games are played at their ground.

“We’ll be prepared for that and we know, like every game this year, it’s going to be a very difficult game, but we have to take our game and impose our style on them.

“We want to control the game as we have of late and go for them, attack them and be a threat right from the very first minute.  It’s given us the success we’ve had recently and we’ll try to do the same again.”

GARY ON AWAY SUPPORT



“On Tuesday night I thought our fans were brilliant. To go to Peterborough on a Tuesday night is a big ask.  We could feel the support all night, which was very important.

“Saturday will be a lot different.  It’s a big game, a big stadium and I’m sure they’ll come in their numbers.

“The backing will be there, we all know that having experienced it already this season. The support deserves a lot of credit in the circumstances of how we’ve found ourselves in League One, the fans have stuck by us and their support has been magnificent from the very first game of the season.”

GARY ON ATTACKING INTENT

“We’re really happy with our form. The last two wins have been great for different reasons and we want to continue that going into Saturday’s game.

“All throughout the season we’ve had different periods when different parts of the team have needed extra work.

“We understood as coaching staff and as a club that putting so many new players together, there were always going to be teething problems in different areas.

“The attacking part of our game was something we knew needed to work on, we’ve done that and the affects have been instant.

“Our forward play, at times, has been superb in the last couple of games.”

GARY ON OPTIONS IN THE SQUAD



“It’s great to have the options that we have.  On Tuesday we brought on Grant (Holt), Craig (Davies) and Tim (Chow), who were all superb and did jobs we needed them to do.

“Grant and Craig came on at a time when we needed physical presence up front, we needed their experience and they got us up into good areas of the pitch.

“It’s great to have those options and every members of the squad is working hard to try and get into it on a match day. We’ve got a big squad and the competition is really good.”

GARY ON CRAIG DAVIES’ RECOVERY



“Right from day one we knew his talents as a football player and what he could bring to the club, but we also knew he had injury problems with his hamstrings and I spoke to him about that.

“We’ve altered his training slightly, we’ve tried to look after the situation in a different way.

“Craig played four games for 90 minutes for us, which he hadn’t done in a long time and unfortunately he got a little injury.

“He’s come back from that now, worked very hard and looked very strong, so I think the medical team and Craig deserve a lot of credit for the condition that he’s put himself in to play games again for this club.”

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