Boss ecstatic at second-half comeback as Gillingham defeated 3-2 at the DW Stadium.
- Late winner from captain Craig Morgan delights Gary Caldwell.
- Manager praises fantastic comeback and revels in huge victory in our season.
- Gary: “Important to keep going and improve how we start games.”
A delighted Gary Caldwell was full of praise for his side as they turned around a two-goal deficit to secure a memorable 3-2 victory over Gillingham at the DW Stadium on Thursday evening.
Craig Morgan’s late header, after Will Grigg and Max Power cancelled out strikers from Dominic Samuel and Rory Donnelly, secured all three points for Caldwell’s side and extended their Sky Bet League One unbeaten run to four points, accumulating ten points from a possible 12 in the process.
Reflecting with LaticsPlayer HD post-match, Caldwell said:
“It was fantastic,” Caldwell added. “Another fantastic comeback from a team that never know when they are beaten.
“We kept going and I think we deserved to win the game because in the first-half, whilst we could have played with more urgency, we still created good opportunities and passed the ball well at times and didn’t deserve to be 1-0 down.
“In the second-half, we didn’t deserve to go 2-0 down but the resilience to get back in the game and then go on and win it was brilliant.”
And, despite praising his side for their resilience and character, Caldwell admitted he wishes his side could find their scoring touch earlier in games.
“I wish they would get into that extra gear in the first minute and that would make it easier for all of us!” he explained. “I am trying to find how we can do that, the team are trying to find how they can do it.
“I think any great team has the ability to go into another gear and get a response by shifting into it and we have that and it has helped us to get another huge win in our season in terms of where we want to go.”
Caldwell says he cannot take all the credit as the introductions of Chris McCann and Jordy Hiwula changed the game in Latics’ favour, the Scot suggesting his staff had a valuable input into his decision.
“As a staff, myself, Joe Parkinson, Mike Pollitt on the side and Graham Barrow and Pete Atherton up on the gantry, we are constantly discussing how we can make a difference to the game, we are all a part of that and we all discuss it so we all take credit for that,” Caldwell continued. “It doesn’t always work but it worked tonight and I thought the subs had a real impact, as they did at Fleetwood.
“It is important the whole squad buys into what we are doing, even if you are a sub, you make sure you still contribute.”
Caldwell has now urged Latics supporters to back the side from the off in big home matches against Sheffield United and Chesterfield on Tuesday and Saturday respectively.
“I thought the atmosphere was a bit quiet first-half and I think we need it a bit more from the start to gee us up a bit more,” Caldwell said. “As soon as we got going in the second-half, though, the crowd got right behind us and helped make another fantastic night at the DW – hopefully they come back on Tuesday against Sheffield United and get right behind us.
“We have to keep going now, we have to improve our starts to games and our intensity and we need to move the ball quicker and not go 2-0 down!
“This can give us belief, though, and we can kick on from here.”