Gary Caldwell gives his reaction to Latics’ EFL Cup defeat.
- Latics exit EFL Cup in round one after 2-1 defeat at Oldham Athletic.
- Overall performance pleased Gary Caldwell, but boss unhappy with red card decision.
- Caldwell adamant Latics must cut out poor goals.
“I thought we played well, but we can’t afford to give a goal start, and then the referee gave them a man advantage.
“We still tried to play our way and we created lots of chances in the second half with 10 men. We have to be more clinical though, and can’t give goals like that away, if we keep doing that we’re not going to win any games.
“I think we’ll try to appeal the decision. From what I saw there were two tackles in the same area of the pitch, both very similar, but one gets a yellow and one gets a red which is the disappointing thing for me.
“I don’t think either were red cards, but the referee chose to give two similar tackles different cards.
“I still thought we were the better team with 10 men, but we couldn’t get the goal to give us the platform to win the game and overall we gave away two really poor goals.”
Arriving off the back of Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Bristol City on the opening day of the Sky Bet Championship season, Caldwell says he was happy with Latics’ improvement on and off the ball.
“I’m very happy with the way we moved the ball, it’s something we spoke about on Monday and worked on during Monday afternoon.
“I’m really happy with the response from the players and I thought we looked back to ourselves being confident in possession and people moving and wanting the ball.
“We created problems and probably should have created more problems with Michael (Jacobs) and Ryan (Colclough) getting in between the holes in Oldham’s defence, but we didn’t get the ball to them at the crucial times and we could have done better in that period.
“We’re never happy to lose games, but we try and look at the performance and I can’t ask much more from the players.
“The goals we conceded were poor and we need to learn from that, but in terms of performances from individuals I was really happy.”
Caldwell made six changes from the weekend’s defeat at Ashton Gate, and offered opportunities from the bench to some of Latics younger squad members, but admits he still wants to add depth to his team.
“We’re working hard to bring players in, but tonight was more about us resting players with Saturday in mind and as you can see I named a number of our younger players on the bench, so we need to continue working to add a bit of depth to the squad.”