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GARY CALDWELL PREVIEWS SHEFFIELD UNITED CLASH

11 January 2016

Gary hopes Latics can use momentum from late winner against Gillingham.

  • Gary Caldwell looks ahead to Sheffield United at the DW Stadium.
  • Manager expects bounce back from the Blades after their FA Cup heartbreak.
  • Donald Love unavailable after he returns to Manchester United.
Speaking to Latics PlayerHD ahead of Latics’ Sky Bet League One encounter with Sheffield United at the DW Stadium on Tuesday 12 January, manager Gary Caldwell says he knows full well to expect a response from Nigel Adkins’ side following their agonising late defeat to Manchester United in the FA Cup.

GARY CALDWELL ON… LAST MINUTE GOALS



Craig Morgan's header completed Latics' late comeback on Thursday.

“We’re on a high, the boys were still excited even yesterday in training.  You can still sense that euphoria from Gillingham on Thursday night.

“Sheffield United worked very hard in their game against Man United on Saturday, and I felt they deserved to get something from the game, so to lose it the way they did to a late penalty is cruel.

“We have to use our momentum and take it into the game from the very first minute.

“You experience both sides of last minute goals, that’s part and parcel of football, but you recover from the knock downs and you build on the highs.

“I’m sure Sheffield United were straight back into training and getting back in the right frame of mind for our game on Tuesday.

“Sometimes when you get beat like they did, a game coming in quick succession after it can really help, which is why we have to be wary of them bouncing back.”

GARY ON… THE REARRANGED FIXTURE AND PREPARATIONS



Latics' original fixture on Boxing Day postponed to due to water logged pitch and localised flooding.

“It was a disappointment when the game got cancelled on Boxing Day, but it was for obvious reasons and the right call to make.

“The rain that day was as bad as we’ve seen here in Wigan and the town was hit quite badly by it, not just our pitch.

“We’re looking forward to finally facing Sheffield United now, in what’s going to be another big game at the DW.

“The postponement hasn’t really changed our preparations, it is what it is and you just have to get on with things.

“On that day I went to watch Stoke City v Man United and then Shrewsbury Town v Fleetwood, so I managed to see Fleetwood play before our game with them, which was a bonus.

“I managed to see Sheffield United on Saturday evening which has also come as a bonus to our preparations, so from that point of view the preparation has been better because I’ve had the chance to see teams live before we play them.”

GARY ON… SHEFFIELD UNITED THREATS



Conor Sammon celebrates his goal against West Ham in 2011.

“Conor Sammon and Billy Sharp are a big threat; their whole team poses a threat.  They’ve got lots of experience and I’m sure they’ll be up there come the end of the season, so we know it’s going to be a very tough game.

“I’m sure the fans will give Conor a good welcome, they’ll always remember him for that goal against West Ham United and the great escape that season.”

GARY ON... TEAM NEWS

"We'll be without Donald Love now as he's back with Man United after his loan here.  Donald's a good talent and has been an excellent professional for us during his spell, but United wanted him back.

"We'll have Yanic Wildschut available to us again after he signed on Saturday."

GARY ON… TEAM SPIRIT



“The spirit in the team has been incredible to make so many comebacks.  I’d rather it be more comfortable, but it’s great to know that you’ve got that ability within the group to keep going and never give up.

“It’s great to know we’ve got that quality and that we can change through the gears quickly if we need them.

“We want to go into this game and start on the front foot straight away, we want to put Sheffield United under pressure and really take the game to them.

“We don’t want to find ourselves 2-0 down again, we want to take hold of the game from the very first minute, that’s our challenge on Tuesday night.”

GARY ON… YANIC WILDSCHUT



“It’s an exciting feeling to bring in a player like Yanic.  He’s exciting every time he gets the ball, I know the fans get off their seats, I get even closer to the touchline and we all want something to happen.

“He’s one of those players that fans love because of the style of play he possesses.

“The players welcomed him back yesterday and he looked really happy.

“Now it’s a case of getting him back in the team and getting him back to the form he showed and excited us with from the first minute he came here.

“I think back to the Colchester and Peterborough games when he was dynamite, and we have to get him back to those performances and try to improve certain areas of his game to become an even better player than he already is.”

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