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8 April 2016

Boss looks ahead to visit of former loan club and former manager Tony Mowbray.

  • Gary Caldwell looks ahead to Wigan Athletic’s game with Coventry City.
  • Reece Wabara has “a chance” of featuring following injury at Shrewsbury.
  • Coventry’s recent performances not a fair reflection of their poor run of results, says Caldwell.
On Shrewsbury…

That sort of result shows we are a team in form because, even with the set-back of the ball goal, we produced a great reaction.

The players didn’t suffer too long after going behind, they got straight on the foot, got back in the game and could have been in front before half-time.

But, similarly to Swindon, in the second-half we showed a real ruthless streak to finish the game off.

On a week that saw him pass 50 games, a year in charge and Latics go top of League One…

I just look at it as a normal week; we got three points but we had to dust ourselves down straight away, analyse the work we did, go over it with the players and the go again.

It sounds pretty boring and not probably what the media want from me – I think they want to hear about the cakes and balloons on my anniversary – but it wasn’t like that, we just got on with it and focused on Coventry.

On the league table…

You don’t need self-control to not look at it, because I don’t think it matters at the moment that we are top. What matters is the next six games, our approach to those games and the results from those six games.

It will only matter at the end of the season because that is when every team will be judged, as will every player and every manager and from that the fans will draw their conclusions on whether the season has been a success or a failure.

It’s good for the players because it gives them the confidence and the belief in what they’re doing but for me, I genuinely don’t get too concerned by it until 46 games have been played.

On scoring from a set-piece…

It is something that has been killing us all season to be honest; we have tried the short corner for a while and I thought it was excellent and working well albeit we just couldn’t put the final goal in from it.

The players went away from that, we tried some different moves and we tried everything, let me tell you.

Graham Barrow deals with set-pieces a lot and he came up with something that worked last week.

It is difficult because I think you need a little bit of luck, some timing to go your way, and the ball to fall for you but it is something we work on a lot. For Pearcey’s goal we worked on it on the Friday morning and we’d done the movement from the edge of the area and every little detail and it came off so that was great.

On Reece Wabara and injuries…

Reece is OK but he has not trained fully; he has done some work, though, and he does have a chance of making it.

There is nothing else to report, though, it is very much as was.

On Coventry…

I think they are a good team and they are one of the most dangerous teams in this division.

Their games that I have watched in preparation for our game on Saturday have shown that their recent results are not a great reflection on the quality of their performances.

The game they played against Peterborough they performed very well, lost the game 3-1 and probably should have won it.

They have a real attacking threat; they showed that against us on the first day of the season and we have to be ready for a big game.

On Tony Mowbray…

I worked with him at Hibs and Celtic and I was surprised on the first day of the season how he set up by allowing us to play and sitting off us and then trying to get us on the break because that is not how he wants to play.

So I am not sure how he is going to do it tomorrow but I know in an ideal world he wants to play football, get the ball down and pass it like we do but tomorrow he could do a number of things.

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