Boss pleased with 2-1 victory over Fleetwood Town and dedicates the result to Juan Carlos Garcia.
- Gary pleased with success on “emotional” day.
- Jordan Flores “excellent” on first league start.
- Caldwell pleased with his side’s resilience as they saw out late Fleetwood onslaught.
Dedicating the victory over the Cod Army to the Honduras international defender, who is currently receiving treatment in the north-west for Leukaemia, Caldwell praised all involved as Latics secured three points on a special day at the DW Stadium.
“There was phenomenal support for Juan Carlos today and it was emotional when everybody starting clapping on the 23rd minute,” Caldwell said.
“You can see our thoughts are with him, hopefully he pulls through and gets better from this terrible illness and hopefully that win will cheer him up a little bit today.”
On the game itself, Caldwell was pleased with his side’s performance up until Michael Jacobs gave Latics a 2-0 advantage just after half-time.
However, he felt his side do need to be more clinical and was frustrated not to complete a fourth consecutive home clean sheet.
“I’m very pleased with the players; it was a game that we controlled up until our second goal,” he continued. “They changed it after Michael Jacobs scored and we struggled to deal with the game at that point.
“For 55 minutes we were outstanding; our passing, movement, control of the game and running from midfield was very good, especially when you consider we had to change the shape late with Craig Davies’s injury.
“We did very well, we probably need to be a bit more clinical when we are on top in games so we don’t have to put up with that last half hour like we did today.
“When we got disappointed after their goal we didn’t move the ball quick enough and we let them back in and put ourselves under pressure.
“There’s frustration there because at 2-0 we thought it could be three or four and we allowed them back into the game with the first goal at home that we concede in the league and we’re under pressure. We’ve got a resilience amongst the squad and they hung on today and that’s pleasing.”
Gary also reserved praise for Jordan Flores, who marked his first league start for his boyhood club with the first goal of the afternoon.
“It was brilliant for Jordan on his first start in a league game; I’ve said before that with Jordan [Flores], Tim [Chow] and Jenno [Ryan Jennings] that I have no problems putting them in because they are ready and they show that in training every day,” Caldwell explained.
“They need to keep working hard and make a place in the team their own, Jordan was excellent today.”
Strikers Craig Davies and Will Grigg were late absentees for Latics, with Jordy Hiwula leading the line, and Caldwell gave an update on the pair whilst also praising the Huddersfield Town loanee.
“Craig had a slight hamstring on Thursday and that’s not too bad so he hopefully won’t be too long,” Caldwell said. “Will ruptured two ligaments in his elbow in a freak injury in training, a bit similar to Craig Morgan’s except his was a shoulder injury, and he did some light, non-contact training today so hopefully he also won’t be too far away either.”
“Jordy was brilliant; he did a job for the team, he was up there on his own and I don’t think that suits him but he had to do that for the team.
“He stretched the game, made runs in behind to make space for other people, created a couple of opportunities for himself and all in all put in a great effort for the team and did the job that we asked him to do.”