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“ONE OF THE TOUGHEST MATCHES OF THE SEASON” – GARY CALDWELL PREVIEWS MILLWALL TRIP

29 February 2016

Caldwell praises Latics’ performance against Bury as he looks ahead to Millwall clash.

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Speaking to Latics PlayerHD ahead of Latics’ trip to Millwall on Tuesday, Gary Caldwell said his side are progressing in the right way, but the hard work must continue as they prepare for ‘one of the toughest games of the season’.

GARY ON… MILLWALL CHALLENGE

“It’s one of the toughest matches in our recent run of games, and to be fair it’s one of the toughest matches we’ll face all season.

“Going away to Millwall is never easy.  They’re playing well and their results are good at the moment.

“We’re two of the form teams in the league, so it sets us up for a very exciting and entertaining game.”

GARY ON… THE LAST VISIT TO MILLWALL



A heated contest at the Den in April 2015.

“There’s an incredible contrast from where the club was at when we last visited Millwall to now, but I think we can learn a lot from that game.

“Only two players that got on the pitch in that 2-0 defeat in April will be involved this time around, but what I learned from that experience will be brought across to the players in preparation for the game.

“It’s been a whirlwind since that game and in one sense it feels like I’ve been in the job a lot longer, but in another it seems to have flown by.

“There’s been a lot of hard work from a lot of people, but we’re nowhere near where we want to be just yet and we have to continue to progress and work hard to do that.”

GARY ON… PROMOTION RACE

“We’re still focusing on ourselves and I’ve said all along that the league table only matters on May 8.

“We concentrate on performance because we know if we get that right it’s going to get us the results we need.  We concentrate on progressing as a team and I think we’ve done that all season.

“Every game is important, you finish on a Saturday night and immediately the next game becomes the biggest game of the season.  After the game on Tuesday we’ll be thinking exactly the same ahead of Peterborough, it’s that time of the season.”

GARY ON… IMPRESSIVE DISPLAY AGAINST BURY



Will Grigg celebrates making it 3-0 against Bury on Saturday.

“The intent right from the very start of the game pleased me the most.  The way we went about winning the game, pressing high, playing on the front foot and using our energy to open them up in the first 20 minutes.

“It was an incredible spell during the game and Bury just couldn’t cope with us.  The game was done after 20 minutes, which was very good to be able to play the second half in a controlled manner and save our legs for what is a massive week ahead.

“I wouldn’t expect anything less than a professional performance when we’re 3-0 up, and I think Saturday was just further proof of the learning curve since the 3-3 draw with Sheffield United.

“We’ve been 2-0 and 3-0 up in a few games since then, and we’ve shown great game management.  Without particularly looking to score goals, we still created two great opportunities when we hit the cross bar, so to have that control yet still be a threat offensively shows how far we’ve come.”

GARY ON… SQUAD NEWS

“We didn’t have any problems after Saturday.  The players were in yesterday recovering, and those who didn’t feature continued with our usual training session.  In that respect we’ve got a clean bill of health and the only players missing are those who were out ahead of the Bury game.”

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