Boss disappointed after 0-0 draw in Greater Manchester derby.
- Caldwell: “We were perhaps lucky to get a point.
- ”Praise for goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen who made a number of fine saves.
- Gary says side have reacted well to set-backs in the past and will do so again.
A frustrated Gary Caldwell was left to react on a disappointing afternoon as Sky Bet League One strugglers Oldham Athletic left the DW Stadium with a point after holding Latics to a 0-0 draw.
John Sheridan’s side were the first team in nine games to prevent Caldwell’s side from scoring and, though his side kept a third consecutive clean sheet, the boss admitted his disappointment at his side’s performance – stating his side were lucky to get a draw come the final whistle.
“I am very disappointed in the result and the performance, in fact, I am probably happy with the result because, if anything, they should have scored, especially in the first-half,” Caldwell explained.
“We were a bit lucky to come away with a point; it was a poor performance, we didn’t get going at any point in the game and got the very most that we deserved.
“I will need to look over it and assess what went wrong but we just looked flat, our possession wasn’t quick enough and we didn’t look hungry enough to win the second balls.
“To be fair to Oldham, they played very well and we have to congratulate them on how well they played. We knew before the game it was going to be difficult and we didn’t do enough to win the game.”
Caldwell did praise keeper Jussi Jaaskelainen who made a string of fine saves to deny the visitors, most notably a superb diving stop to deny Carl Winchester in the first-half.
“Jussi made loads of great saves during the afternoon for us,” he added. “He defended corners well, as well. We are thankful to him that he had a level of performance today that got us a point.”
Caldwell’s next focus is arguably Latics’ biggest game of the calendar year to date as his side travel to fellow Sky Bet League One promotion chasers Walsall next weekend.
The Scot says, despite extending their unbeaten run to ten games – now the longest run without defeat in the Football League, he can’t take positives and will now focus his side on reacting in the Midlands.
“I don’t think we can take any positives,” Caldwell said. “We came here to win the game and so we can’t take positives from a performance or result like that and we have to look at what went wrong.
“When it is going great, you get praise as a player but then when it isn’t so good you have to take the opposite and face criticism and then stand up and do something about it which I am sure we will because, any time we have had performances like that, we’ve recovered and come back strong so I am sure we will be ready for next week when it comes around.
“It’s a huge game at Walsall and we knew that and we knew going into today that we needed a win to take us into that game knowing a win would take us into the top two, albeit the table will only matter come May.
“That’s the price we all have to pay for a performance like that and obviously we’re hurting but we’ve always come back stronger and I am sure we will next week.”