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15 January 2016

New signing Wabara to be involved in squad, says Gary Caldwell as he previews Chesterfield.

  • Gary Caldwell assesses Chesterfield, and previous meeting.
  • Reece Wabara set to make squad, David Perkins being monitored.
  • Manager praises Haris Vuckic and expects to see more hard work.
Speaking to Latics PlayerHD at Christopher Park ahead of Latics’ meeting with Chesterfield at the DW Stadium on Saturday, Gary Caldwell discussed his new signing Reece Wabara, the 3-3 draw with Sheffield United, the impact of Haris Vuckic and the reverse fixture in Sky Bet League One, which saw Latics’ claim a remarkable comeback.


Reece Wabara signed for Latics after his contract at Barnsley expired.

“Reece is somebody I’ve been tracking since we played them.  He was the best player we’ve come up against in being able to defend against Yanic (Wildschut) in both games that we played them.

“He showed quality, and he’s somebody we’re delighted to have because he gives competition and numbers to the right side of the pitch, with Donald Love going back to Manchester United.

“He gives us pace and power from the wing back position.  I spoke to Paul Dickov before we signed him, Paul’s somebody I know well from my Scotland days and he spoke highly of Reece.

“Paul worked with him at Oldham Athletic and Doncaster Rovers and he was full of praise for Reece and said he would fit well into our team, which I’m sure he will.

“He’s got a lot of experience in this division, especially for someone who is still only young.  He’s got a lot of potential in him, and he’s still got an opportunity to go back up the leagues where he’s played before.”


David Perkins was substituted against Sheffield United through injury.

“Reece will go straight into the match squad; he’s been playing regularly for Barnsley so he’s fit and ready to make the squad.

“David Perkins got a stud just below his ankle, just above where he boot would be.

“He was bleeding quite heavily during the game and he’s had three stitches since.

“Hopefully he’ll be okay for Saturday.  He’s out today running on it, and he’ll take an injection for the game if necessary, because he’s a player who doesn’t want to miss matches.

“David gives it his all in every game and he’s willing to play through the pain barrier, which is what you need in circumstances like this.  He’s been excellent and he’s just the type of experience we need in midfield.”


Former Latics man Danny Wilson has won two, drawn one and lost one in charge of Chesterfield.

“I watched their game at Rochdale on Saturday with us not playing and you can see that they’re working hard for their new manager Danny Wilson.

“They’ve got a quality threat going forward in Sylvan Ebanks-Blake who has played at a higher level.

“They’re going to come here with lots of confidence after their recent results, and they’ll want to prove a point by winning here.

“We have to bounce back from the last half an hour of Tuesday night’s game and I’m sure with the hard work we’ve been putting in we’ll be able to do that.”


Latics left disappointed on Tuesday after 3-3 draw from 3-0 up.

“Sheffield United was just one of those games where we lost our concentration and the opposition took advantage.

“It happens in football, and we’ve done it plenty of times already this season to other teams, but unfortunately we were on the wrong end of it this time.

“We’ve assessed the performance and the positive thing is we look a threat going forwards; we’re scoring goals pretty freely at the minute.

“We have to keep that attacking mind set, but we also know we have to tighten up and be better right through the team when the other team have the ball.”


Haris Vuckic celebrates his first Latics goal on Tuesday night.

“Haris made a good impact on Tuesday night and deserved his goal.  He has been unfortunate with injury because he did well on his debut at Chesterfield, but got injured early on against Port Vale.

“He’s had to be patient since then and he’s worked hard to get back to fitness. He had a couple of games where he wasn’t quite fully fit, in the FA Cup and the Johnstone’s Paint game after that.

“He’s shown that patience though, and the quality that he possesses.  Hopefully now he can improve his fitness and keep helping the team as he did on Tuesday.”


Max Power and Jordy Hiwula celebrate as Latics come from 2-0 down to win 3-2.

“The game at Chesterfield will go down as one of the most memorable so far in my managerial career.

“It was a great game for the league, but more importantly it was a significant result for us.  On that day we hadn’t won a game away from home and we found ourselves 2-0 down again, but we showed the desire and the attitude to come back.

“It was a great day to do that on, and I remember the scenes of celebration behind the goal with the fans spilling onto the pitch.

“It was an exciting end to a game, but that’s in the past now and we want to try and focus on the future and what we want to achieve.”

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