Boss celebrates 50th game in charge of Latics with 5-1 thumping of Shrewsbury Town at the Greenhous Meadow.
- “Second-half we were excellent.” – Caldwell.
- Gary pleased with timing of winning run as Latics move top.
- Caldwell confirms captain Craig Morgan out with hamstring injury.
Conor McAleny cancelled out Sulley Kaikai’s opener for the Shrews before half-time as Latics smashed their way to all three points in the second-half with a Will Grigg double and goals from Yanic Wildschut and Jason Pearce.
Reflecting post-match with LaticsPlayer HD, Caldwell said:
“First-half I thought we played well again but our opportunities that we created weren’t taken and our decision making was a little bit disappointing.
“I thought they had a spell in the first-half where we lost a little bit of control and gave away too many fouls and corners and then they gained a little bit of impetus in the game and scored in that period.
“At that point, we could have found ourselves in a little bit of trouble but we recovered quickly, gained control again, and scored a magnificent goal to get us back in the game.
“Second-half, though, once we came out and got on the front foot there was no stopping us and I thought we were excellent.”
Jason Pearce captained the side in the absence of Craig Morgan, who Caldwell confirmed missed out due to a hamstring injury, and marked his afternoon with Latics’ third goal from a set-piece routine.
“Craig felt his hamstring tighten up on Thursday afternoon so it was a precaution and we will get him scanned on Monday and see how he is,” Caldwell explained.
“It was a corner that we worked on; we have not scored enough goals from corners and we have tried many different things.
“It was Graham Barrow who came up with something yesterday morning to work on and we tried to get more players free in areas of the box that we could score from and Pearcey got that opportunity and put it in.”
In more positive news on the injury front, Michael Jacobs returned to action and impressed in what was a good opportunity for him to get some match minutes under his belt.
“It was brilliant to get Michael back on the bench and if we could get him on and get him game time then that was great.
Despite going into pole position in the Sky Bet League One table and extending their unbeaten run on a fine afternoon, Caldwell is remaining focused on the task in hand and insists there is still room for improvement.
“It is an important time of the season and we knew we wanted to finish strong,” he added. “If you want to be successful it is at these times of the season you have to be at your best.
“We are playing well, we’ll recover and keep going through the same process and look to next week.
“I think we can still score more; the pleasing thing for me is that I still see a lot of things that we can improve on and the boys know that. We’ll keep working hard to try and do that, so it is pleasing that we won as convincingly as we did and still know there is improvement in this team.”