Boss honest in assessment after Latics lose seven-goal thriller at Nottingham Forest.
- “We conceded some ridiculous goals,” Gary Caldwell.
- Praise for Adam Bogdan who made a number of impressive saves, including second-half penalty.
- Gary disappointed winning goal-scorer Thomas Lam not punished for his part in altercation with Will Grigg just before his winner.
A bitterly frustrated Gary Caldwell admitted his side mastered their own downfall in many ways at the City Ground as a late goal from Thomas Lam gave Nottingham Forest all three points on an afternoon in which Latics came from behind on three occasions.
Will Grigg twice levelled after Britt Assombalonga’s early strike had been cancelled out by Michael Jacobs.
Oliver Burke’s two goals had twice given Forest the lead, a lead they eventually held on to late in the game when Lam fired home from the edge of the area.
Reflecting post-match with LaticsPlayer HD, Caldwell was honest in his assessment of his side’s reverse in the East Midlands.
“Similarly to Bristol, we’d have been disappointed with a point because we should have won the game,” Caldwell explained. “We created some good opportunities, played some good football and conceded some ridiculous goals.
“I don’t think that our desire to win the game at 3-3 cost us, I think we had plenty of men back and the goal we conceded at the end was ridiculous. We need to sort that out, we need to be men, we need to stand up at those points in the game because we had six players back against their three.
“It’s basic things like tracking runners, making tackles and allowing their right back to get into the box too easily and cutting it back for the lad to have a free hit from the edge of the box.
“We can take a lot performance-wise, we showed a real threat, we can pass the ball well and cause teams problems but we need to wake up, the reality is that we have four points from 12 and if we want to achieve anything we need to wake up. Certain players need to wake up, they need to realise this is their career and they can’t come out on a Saturday and go through the motions and think it’s going to be OK, because it’s not.”
Aside from his disappointment at the manner of goal, salt was rubbed into the wounds for Latics as the scorer, Lam, was perhaps fortunate to remain on the pitch after he appeared to lash out at Grigg, having already been booked, just moments before the winner was despatched.
And Caldwell was frustrated with that key moment afterwards:
“The referee and the linesman don’t get involved in an incident that’s ten yards away from the linesman’s position and the guy that’s involved goes up the other end and scores the winning goal,” he added. “I’m not trying to hide away from the poor defending but the referee has killed us again [referring to the penalty awarded against Latics in the week].”
Caldwell did reserve praise for goalkeeper Adam Bogdan who, despite conceding four goals, could leave the game happy with his performance after his second-half penalty save from Apostolos Vellios kept Latics in the game when we were 2-1 down after he’d already made a string of superb saves in the first-half.
“Adam was outstanding,” Caldwell continued. “He made some fantastic saves and he must be so disappointed to concede four goals but, first and foremost, to lose the game is really disappointing for him.”