Boss disappointed with performance as Latics go down 3-2 at Port Vale.
- “We can’t keep going two behind.” – Caldwell.
- Latics manager disappointed with his side’s passing in the first half.
- Caldwell, who wants his side to be braver from the off, disappointed for travelling support.
Latics manager Gary Caldwell was bitterly disappointed with his side’s performance as Uche Ikpeazu scored in the final minute to give Port Vale all three points at Vale Park on Saturday.
Caldwell, who saw his side go two-behind for the fourth consecutive away game before Chris McCann and Leon Barnett levelled in the second-half, bemoaned his side’s passing, especially in the first half, as they struggled to make an impression on the game until Louis Dodds had doubled the hosts’ advantage.
“I’m really disappointed with the performance,” Caldwell said. “To get back into it and lose the game is a big disappointment.
“I said to the players that we can’t keep going two goals behind and then start playing every week away from home, football is not like that, you can’t keep doing miraculous things.
“We need to look at ourselves and be better from the start of the game.
“I don’t really look at shapes and teams when I’m seeing how we’re going down 2-0; I simply think it’s down to how we’ve passed the ball, if you can’t pass the ball to each other then you are going to have a lot of
problems and we couldn’t do that for half an hour.”
Caldwell saw his side come back into a game for the second consecutive week after completing a miraculous comeback at Chesterfield last week, but the Scot said his side need to be better from the start, citing that it’s much easier to play when you’re two goals down.
“We changed it a little bit to simplify our game and that helped but we have to pass it a lot better,” he continued.
“I think it’s braver to do what we do when we’re behind from the start; it is a lot easier to do it at 2-0 down because you’ve got nothing to lose at that point and you’re going to have a go.
“To keep going behind 2-0 tells me there is something going wrong from the start of the game and we have to be stronger mentally from the off.”
And the disappointed was compounded for Caldwell as Barnett was sent off in the closing stages for a professional foul on Enoch Andoh, at the opposite end to where Latics were backed by a superb following of over 1,300 from Wigan.
“It’s very disappointing to throw it away again,” Caldwell added. “Especially for the fans, they really got behind us today, even at 2-0 down and they played a big part in us getting back in the game.”