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26 February 2016

Gary looks ahead to Bury clash.

  • Latics must continue to build momentum says boss Gary Caldwell.
  • Bury visit the DW Stadium for the fourth meeting between the clubs this season.
  • James, Jacobs, Daniels and Odelusi side lined for the League One clash.
Speaking to Latics PlayerHD at Christopher Park, manager Gary Caldwell looks ahead to the Sky Bet League One meeting with Bury.


“The current run we’re on is very good for this division, but we can’t afford to stand still and be happy with what we’ve done, we have to continually try and improve.

“That’s been the message this week, whilst Saturday was a great result, we have to keep building on that and we have to keep improving certain parts of our game.

“We needed to be better in spells during the second half and we’ve worked hard to change that on the training pitch.  Now we’ve got to take that to the DW and put on a performance worthy of the three points.”


“Donervon (Daniels) felt his hamstring in a tackle late in the Walsall match, but it’s not serious.  He’ll be out for the weekend, so it’s a bit of a blow because he’s been playing well.

“Reece (Wabara) came on and showed cover for that position really well.  He’s been unfortunate in the games that he’s missed because of tactical changes, he was the one who missed out so it’ll be good to see him back in the team.

“We’ve got the quality to be able to change things like we have, and I’ve always stressed the importance of the squad as a whole.

“The substitutes at Walsall came on and made a massive impact on the game, and we’re going to need that right the way to the end of the season.

“Reece (James) is seeing a specialist because there’s a problem in his ankle.  We hope it’s not too serious, but he’s getting another scan today just to clear up what the issue is.  We’re looking at a few weeks without him.

“Michael (Jacobs) is progressing well and on course to be back on schedule for a crucial period in the season.”


“We’ve played them in both cups, so we do know them well, but they know us well and they’re on a good run of form like ourselves, so it’s going to be a tough game.

“I was at the game on Tuesday against Barnsley, it was a difficult game, the pitch wasn’t great, but they showed confidence in their performance.

“They’re playing for each other and working hard to get results which make them very tough opponent to face.

“The last time we played them hurt a lot.  Nobody wants to lose 4-0 in the FA Cup, but I think we’ve come a long way since that day in terms of the squad changing and the performance levels improving.

“It’s a moment in the season we can use as motivation because it was a low point for us, but we’re not looking for revenge.  We have our own targets that we want to meet and that’s all we’re looking forwards to, getting another three points and rolling onto the next game.

“It was a great moment in the reverse league game at Gigg Lane when Morgs (Craig Morgan) scored the equaliser, and the fixture itself is good for the fans being a local derby.

“We’ve had a few of them this season and they’ve all been exciting matches and good atmospheres, so it’s another day that we want a good turn out and atmosphere at the DW.”

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