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GARY CALDWELL’S OLDHAM ATHLETIC PREVIEW

25 September 2015

Latics will have it tough, but Gary Caldwell’s side are determined to improve their away form.

  • Gary Caldwell previews first trip to Oldham since 2002.
  • Injured forwards Grigg and Davies making good progress.
  • “The boys really appreciate the support and so do I.” – Caldwell on over 1,200 fans making the trip.
Speaking at Christopher Park ahead of Wigan Athletic’s trip to Oldham Athletic in Sky Bet League One, manager Gary Caldwell discussed his counterpart David Dunn, recent injury troubles, the impacts of Jordy Hiwula and Jordan Flores, and Latics’ superb support so far this season.

GARY ON OLDHAM ATHLETIC

“It’s another difficult game.  We’re up against a team with a new manager in David Dunn, who I’ve played against a few times.

“We’re really looking forward to it, but we’re not fully sure how they’re going to set up because they’ve brought  few players in on loan and David’s only been in charge for one game.

“It’s mainly about us though, and how we approach the game.  Away from home we know we need to improve, and we’re ready for that challenge.

“The change in manager at Oldham does make it a little bit difficult to prepare for because we can’t fully predict what they’re going to do, we are a bit wary of who and how they’re going to play.”

GARY ON ANOTHER BUMPER AWAY SUPPORT



“The support this season has been incredible both at home and away from home.

“The boys really appreciate the support and so do I, and we just hope we’re giving them a team they can be proud of, a team that wants to win for them and give them success, because they deserve it with the effort they’re putting in to follow the club around the country.

“I’ve felt the support since I came into the job. Sometimes when clubs drop down a league the support dwindles, but that’s not the case at this club, particularly on the road because the numbers have increased.

“The backing is certainly there, the fans want success and we’re working very hard to give them that.”

GARY ON INJURY NEWS

“We felt a little bit flat after the Fleetwood game because of the way we played for the last half an hour and it not being as good as the first hour.

“I did say to everyone, to go out and play the game the way we did and get the result, with the players we had missing, shows how far we’ve come in such a short space of time.

“There are a few people back in training, whether they’ll be available for the squad or not is something we’ll have to decide closer to the time.

“The numbers are increasing, the competition is increasing, and that’s exactly what we need.



Craig Davies in action against Port Vale.

“Craig Davies has been jogging and working with the physios on a minor hamstring injury, but we’ve had to be careful with him because of his history with this type of injury, although it’s actually on his other leg.

“Will Grigg is a step further, training with the team, but in non-contact sections of our sessions, as is Craig Morgan.  Again, we’ve got to be careful with those two because of the nature of their injuries, if they take big knocks or falls awkwardly, the risk is there for further injury.”

GARY ON JORDY HIWULA

“Jordy was excellent.  He was probably doing something that wasn’t ideal for him because he likes to drop in, link the play and then arrive in the box.

“We asked him to play as a lone striker where he had to stretch the play and make a lot of runs for the team that didn’t necessarily result in him getting the ball.

“He did that really well, he was tired at the end because of the work he put into his performance which is why he came off, but we can’t ask for anymore in terms of what he did for the team to get the result.

“He created a couple of opportunities for himself with his desire to get into the box and be available when it comes in, so I couldn’t be happier with how he’s adapted to the club and how he’s performed on the park.”



Jordy Hiwula and Jordan Flores celebrate against Fleetwood Town.

GARY ON JORDAN FLORES

“Jordan’s been brilliant.  Since pre-season he’s really impressed me, he came in and we gave him the opportunity to train with the team, travel to La Manga and Scotland and he grabbed the opportunity.

“He was excellent in the cup against Bury and could count himself unfortunate not to be involved as much since then, but again he got his opportunity in the league and he grabbed it.

“I thought he was excellent against Fleetwood, and he capped it off with a great goal.  He tired towards the end which is something I spoke to him about because he’s got to be ready for the challenge of regular first team football.

“Jordan’s got to keep working hard to be physically ready for that, but I thought he was brilliant and for a local kid to score at home is a great story for him and the club.”


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