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“OUR NEXT GAME IS ALWAYS OUR BIGGEST OF THE SEASON” – GARY CALDWELL ON DONCASTER

15 April 2016

Gary looks ahead to Latics’ trip to Doncaster Rovers.

  • Latics head to Doncaster Rovers, kicking off the final five fixtures of the Sky Bet League One season.
  • Gary Caldwell says the only pressure felt is the demands set by his staff and players.
  • Craig Morgan back in contention following hamstring problem. Squad close to full strength.
Speaking to Latics PlayerHD ahead of this weekend’s visit to Doncaster Rovers, manager Gary Caldwell said his side are ready for the Sky Bet League One run-in and fully focused on seeing through the demands they have set for themselves.

GARY ON… SQUAD AMBITIONS AND PRESSURE

“We have created our own pressure by the standards we set so there’s an internal pressure from the group, with the demands we put on the players and the demands the players put on each other, but there’s no pressure in terms of league position or what’s at stake.

“It’s refreshing for me because during my time as a player it drained me and the group fighting to stay in the Premier League.  That situation takes a lot out of you because of the ramifications of failure being far greater.

“At Celtic I competed for titles and cups and it was an enjoyable pressure, much like the pressure we can feel here at the minute.

“The players are lively, they looked excited in training and that can only be good going into big games like this.”

GARY ON… THE NEXT GAME BEING THE MOST IMPORTANT

“Every game is very important and every team is fighting for something.  Doncaster are down near the bottom and fighting for their lives.

“I’ve said it a few times in recent weeks that teams are coming up against us for their biggest games of the season, but what they don’t realise is that it’s our biggest too, our next game is always our biggest.

“Saturday falls into that category.  We have so much to gain and we have massive motivation to go out and win.  We have to show that motivation against a Doncaster team who have will be desperate to beat us for their own cause.”

GARY ON… PROGRESSION

“We’re progressing in the right direction every match we play.  We knew it was going to be a slow start, we knew we had to rebuild the football club and it’s going in the right direction, but we don’t stop now, we’ve got to keep improving, be better every day in training and take that into games.

“That’s been our challenge all season and it’s still our challenge for the next five games.

“We’ve progressed a lot from the first time we played the next four teams in the league.

“The team has progressed and improved a lot, so I’m sure the previous game against Doncaster and those against Burton, Southend and Blackpool will be completely different to what we’ll see in the next couple of weeks.”

GARY ON… TEAM NEWS



Craig Morgan missed out on Shrewsbury Town and Coventry City.

“Craig (Morgan) has been running again and is back in contention.  He’s trained with the group for a couple of days.

“Reece (James) is a few weeks away from getting back into full training after the surgery on his ankle problem, but in terms of selection we’re pretty much at full strength.

“We’ve got the five or six players that were struggling over the last few weeks back in training now and they’re all available for selection.”

GARY ON… TURNING 34 ON TUESDAY

“I celebrated a little bit.  My secretary Kath was in at something like four in the morning decorating my office with balloons and stuff to surprise me and I received a cake and some nice gifts from the staff so that was nice.

“It was pretty much business as usual though, we took training and made sure everything was right because we have to remain focused at this point in the season.

“Once the season is over and we assess it then we can hopefully enjoy it and have a bit of fun then.”

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