Boss full of praise for first-half performance as a Will Grigg double and Ryan Colclough strike downs Bury at the DW Stadium.
- “I thought we were sensational,” – Caldwell.
- Caldwell praises Ryan Colclough and Yanic Wildschut for impressive displays.
- Jussi Jaaskelainen also comes in for positive comments from Gary after “incredible” double save.
Now unbeaten in 12 matches, a run that has seen Caldwell’s side go four points clear inside the automatic promotion places, Latics were two goals up inside nine minutes before Grigg added his second from the penalty spot midway through the first-half.
And Caldwell emphasised the importance of his team starting the game on the front foot.
“I am very pleased,” Caldwell said. “In the first-half, especially, I thought we were sensational. We got after them, we played on the front foot, pressed really high and denied them any opportunity to play long balls.
“We thoroughly deserved to be 3-0 up, if not more because the amount of opportunities we created was substantial.
“It was important to start well, we knew they had played midweek and we knew that we had to stop their direct balls up to Tom Pope but I thought we did that thanks to the wide men, the front players and midfielders who came out and denied them space and opportunity.
“We won so many balls high up the pitch and counter-attacked from there and could have scored more goals in that period.”
Colclough got Latics’ second, scoring a fine individual effort to bag his first goal for the club and Caldwell was pleased with the impact the former Crewe Alexandra man made on his first DW Stadium start.
“It was a brilliant strike from Ryan,” he added. “Another emphasis of ours was one v one in the wide areas and I thought Yanic and Ryan in the first-half were so hard to play against because they’ve got pace, can play off either foot, they have trickery too and a finish at the end of it.
“It was great for him to get his first goal for the club.”
Grigg’s double took his tally for the season to 16 goals and Caldwell said the Northern Ireland international once again showed his excellent movement, though he could have had more goals.
“The disappointing thing for Will is that he probably could have had more,” Caldwell added. “He hit the bar and had other chances but he is a striker that is so difficult to play against because his movement is excellent and he arrives at the right time for his headers and other opportunities.
“We’re glad we could use the end of the game to give him a little rest and keep him fresh for the big games we have coming up.”
Finally praise went to goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen who made a fine double save to deny Shakers a goal back on the stroke of half-time before an equally superb stop early in the second-half from Ryan Lowe’s header.
Discussing the experienced stopper’s performance, Caldwell said:
“Jussi is incredible,” he continued. “The double save first-half was superb and I thought the save in the second-half from the header was every bit as good.
“I lose track of how many times I have said it this year but he is an unbelievable professional - when you work as hard as him you get performances at the end of the week.”