Boss pleased to round off busy week with point at in-form Bradford City.
- “A difficult afternoon but boys showed togetherness.” – Caldwell.
- Confident Latics pleasing Gary.
- Caldwell disappointed to concede equaliser but taking the positives as unbeaten run extends to nine.
Latics manager Gary Caldwell was left to reflect on a “fantastic” seven-point return from the last week as his side drew 1-1 at Bradford City on Saturday afternoon.
Michael Jacobs opened the scoring for Caldwell’s side at the Coral Windows Stadium but James Hanson levelled 11 minutes later as Latics had to settle for a point in West Yorkshire, though their unbeaten run extends to nine games.
Reflecting post-match with LaticsPlayerHD, Caldwell said:
“It was a difficult game and Bradford is a difficult place to go to with the Stadium and the number of fans they have, on top of the form that they find themselves in,” he explained. “I think we showed our quality in the game and our togetherness to get a big point at the end of a very hard week which included two difficult away games.
“I think seven points is a fantastic return from this week and we’re pleased with the form we’re in, we’re now unbeaten in nine games in the league.
“The boys have got confidence, you can see that in their performances and they’re disappointed they didn’t win the game and that is good for me to see.
“It has been a really physically demanding week for the players and they’ve put a really big shift in for the club.”
Caldwell was fractionally tinged with disappointment at full-time after seeing his side defend superbly against a barrage of balls into their penalty area only to switch off on one occasion and see it punished.
“We worked a lot this week on defending corners and throw-ins because we knew that was their main threat,” he added. “We gave them too many, to be honest, we didn’t expect to be defending that many but we did well as a whole and the only one we didn’t defend properly, it sneaks between Jussi and Reece and goes in the back of the net.
“It was a disappointing goal to lose but there are a lot of positives to take from the point; it takes us further up the league and keeps us building on our unbeaten run.”
A feel-good factor surrounds Latics still, though, as they moved up to fifth in Sky Bet League One with goals coming from all over the pitch, and Caldwell was pleased with Jacobs, who bagged the opener against the Bantams.
“It was a great goal from Michael,” Caldwell continued. “We managed to get the ball to him in-between their defence and midfield, he got at them, got his shot off and scored a great goal.
“We knew when we were building a new team - and a new club in many ways – it would take time and we’re on our way to doing that; we’re in a position that is good for us, at the moment, but we want to be higher so we’ll keep working hard and push on to next week.
“The fans are fantastic; some will have gone all the way to Peterborough on Tuesday night and then come here again today and followed us again. The players appreciate it and I hope the fans appreciate the effort the players are giving them because they are giving them everything.”