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GARY CALDWELL’S DONCASTER ANALYSIS

16 April 2016

Boss rues poor performance at the Keepmoat Stadium but urges calm with Latics’ fate still in their own hands in the Sky Bet League One promotion bid.

  • “It was a poor performance at a time when we didn’t need it,” Caldwell.
  • Gary disappointed to see side lose individual battles, especially in the second-half.“
  • Burton game massive, but it was always going to be,” adds Caldwell.
Wigan Athletic manager Gary Caldwell was bitterly disappointed to his side’s 20-game unbeaten run come to an end as they tasted their first defeat of 2016 at struggling Doncaster Rovers, who kept their survival bid alive with a 3-1 success.

Will Grigg had given Latics a first-half lead but two Andy Butler goals and an Andy Williams penalty in the second-half earned Darren Ferguson’s side all three points.

Reflecting post-match with LaticsPlayer HD, Caldwell did his best to put his finger on what went wrong for his side.

“I am not fully sure what to put it down to; if I had known that I would have changed it,” Caldwell said. “I don’t think we were good enough and we turned out a poor performance at a time when we really didn’t need it but we go again. 

“We struggled all day on the ball; we lacked a bit of composure to get on the ball and be brave.”

Caldwell did see his side go in front as Will Grigg added a 21st Sky Bet League One goal of the campaign, but he admitted he was disappointed to see his lose that lead in a second-half that gradually turned into disaster for his side.

“We scored against the run of play in the first-half and I thought at half-time when we got in and we were in front that we could match them up second-half to make it an individual battle and unfortunately we didn’t win those battles,” he explained.

“In the middle of the park we didn’t win our battles and we conceded too many corners and let them run off us and they gained impetus from that by picking up second balls.

“We didn’t then defend the corners well enough and if you don’t do the basics right then you get punished. “

“Just after they scored their second it was our best spell in the game and, when we got the ball down and started passing, playing between the lines and creating opportunities, I thought we were going to score.

“It wasn’t to be, we gambled too much later on in the game and Perks gets sent off and we are fighting against it at that point.”

And, although Caldwell was evidently frustrated, he did urge both players and supporters to move on and look to Tuesday’s crunch clash with Burton Albion.

“It is a bad day, we take it on the chin, say well done to Doncaster - because they were the better team and deserved to win – but it is still in our hands.

“It is a big week, a busy week and we have to do our job on Tuesday night, it is still in our hands and it is a massive game as it was always going to be.”

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