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27 August 2016

Boss reflects of frustrating home defeat to Queens Park Rangers, only Latics’ second on their own patch in the calendar year.

  • Gary Caldwell reflects on Wigan Athletic’s defeat to QPR.
  • Caldwell: “We need help and we need to reinforce certain areas.”
  • “It’s frustrating, but we have to work hard to put things right now,” says Gary.
Wigan Athletic manager Gary Caldwell insists the club will be active in the transfer window before it closes on Wednesday evening after his side lost 1-0 to Queens Park Rangers on Saturday afternoon.

Reflecting post-match with LaticsPlayer HD, Caldwell said he feels his squad needs more numbers and that the club will be working hard to produce that before Wednesday’s transfer deadline.

“I think we need help,” Caldwell said. “We need to reinforce certain areas and that’ll be hard work for myself, the Chairman, Jonathan [Jackson] and everyone at the club to make sure we get the right players in [before the end of the window].”

Caldwell saw his side fail to score for the first time this season whilst they also lost on their own patch for the first time this campaign too.

He felt afterwards his side were again guilty of conceding a goal that was preventable in a game they dominated.

“I couldn’t see them scoring apart from us switching off,” he explained. “They didn’t look to create much in terms of open play but we switched off and got a bit loose from a set-piece. We have to learn from that quickly because clean sheets are so important if you want to win games.

“It’s frustrating again because I felt we did a lot with the ball to try and win the game but we’ve conceded another sloppy goal.

“We have to move on quickly from that and I can’t ask any more of the players because I thought they were fantastic in their efforts and their desire to win the game.

“It’s frustrating and disappointing again but we will learn from it and we will get better from it.”

The defeat against Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s side meant Latics will now enter the international break on the back of consecutive league defeats.

And Caldwell has put it to his players to make things right over the next fortnight.

“We have to work hard to put things right and make sure we come out of the international break stronger and better for it,” he added. “The players will have a little bit of rest but then be in to work and make sure they put right what’s been going wrong recently.”

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