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23 January 2016

Gary Caldwell disappointed not to kill the game off.

  • Gary Caldwell on Latics’ 1-1 draw at Crewe.
  • Manager disappointed Latics weren’t clinical enough.
  • Caldwell happy with effort and desire to try and clinch winner.
Speaking at the Alexandra Stadium following Latics’ 1-1 draw with Crewe Alexandra in Sky Bet League One, manager Gary Caldwell had mixed feelings, after Latics were left to rue missed chances, but praised the effort and desire to win.

“I’m happy with the performance,” Caldwell began.

“We’ve played worse and won in games this season.

“We created loads of chances, but the most disappointing thing is we should have put ourselves further in front before half time and killed the game off in that early spell.

“I can’t fault the effort and the desire to win the game, because it was clear to see in the second half.

“Sometimes it just doesn’t quite fall and go in the net for you, and this afternoon was one of those days.

“We created numerous chances in both halves.  Jordy’s had a chance, Yanic’s had three big chances, but we’ve got a point and we have to move on to the next game.”

Reece Wabara gave Latics the lead in style inside the first 16 minutes, claiming his first goal since signing for the club earlier this month, volleying in a superb opener just outside the penalty area.  A goal which received high praise from his manager.

“I thought Reece Wabara was excellent again.  He’s only just joined the club, but he’s had a full week to adjust to his position and he’s getting used to going forward much more.

“Reece took his goal really well, it’s a quality strike and it’s just another example of how we’re scoring goals from all over the pitch.

“It’s pleasing to see that on one hand, but overall we have to be more clinical.”

Crewe levelled moments before half time, another goal full of quality, but a disappointing one to concede.  Caldwell continued:

“It’s a good finish by (Bradden) Inman, but we’re disappointed with how Crewe got the ball into the position to score.

“It’s come from our own corner again, which has happened two or three times this season, and we’re disappointed with that.

“We’ve got to do better to stop teams hitting us like that.”

Over 2,200 Latics supporters made the trip to the Alexandra Stadium to roar their team on, a number which Caldwell says deserves a lot of credit.

“The support today was incredible.  To see those numbers committing their support to us is great.

“I think they can be proud of their team and the way they kept pushing on and never gave up trying to win the game.”

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