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PREVIEW: GARY CALDWELL LOOKS AHEAD TO CREWE CHALLENGE

22 January 2016

Gary warns against complacency ahead of Crewe trip.

  • Gary Caldwell delighted with supporters’ belief in his team.
  • Latics will guard against complacency against Crewe.
  • Grigg struggling, but McCann should be available for selection.
Speaking ahead of Latics’ visit to Crewe Alexandra in Sky Bet League One on Saturday afternoon, Gary Caldwell spoke to Latics PlayerHD to discuss early team news, recent form, the challenge ahead, and the excitement at over 2,000 supporters making the trip to back the team.

GARY ON… SUPPORT FOR THE TEAM



“It’s fantastic to see such support away from home.  The support home and away has been exceptional this season, and I’m delighted to see how much our fans care about the club.

“Away from home it can be difficult because families are travelling and paying a lot of money.  It’s incredible to see people backing us in the way that they do, and the players enjoy every minute of it.

“They look forward to these games, and they’re determined to do their very best to send the fans home happy.

“The supporters have really believed in this team and the players have worked hard to give them something to be proud about.

“The players deserve a lot of credit for the way they’ve played and the style that they play with.  They show commitment for the club every time they go out and play, and that’s particularly evident in the comebacks they’ve made this season.

“Most importantly the hard work that the players have shown has really rubbed off on the supporters, and it’s great to see that they like to watch our team play.”

GARY ON… WILL GRIGG AND CHRIS McCANN



Grigg (pictured) missed Chesterfield with leg injury.

“Will’s still struggling a little bit to get over his injury.  It’s nothing serious, but he’s still struggling to be ready for the weekend.

“Chris has managed to train with an injection for his injured toe, so fingers crossed he’s feeling no issues with that and he’ll be okay to be in contention.”

GARY ON… GUARDING AGAINST COMPLACENCY



Michael Jacobs was on target in 1-0 win against Crewe at the DW in August.

“We’re looking forward to a challenging match.  Crewe are a good team, I’ve seen them a few times before and we’ve already played them twice.

“They’re a good footballing team and they have a philosophy at the club to play the right way.

“Whilst they’ve struggled to get the points they’ll be demanding from themselves, they’re still a team who give you lots of problems, and they’ve got certain players at the top end of the pitch who can hurt you.

“We’ve got to guard against complacency.  We know more than most, you only have to look at the Blackpool game at home as an example of that, and of course dropping the 3-0 lead against Sheffield United.

“There’s no way we’ll take this game lightly, we know we’re in for a tough 90 minutes and we have to be at our best if we want to win.”

GARY ON… LATICS’ RECENT FORM



“I’m really happy with how things have been going lately.  The way the boys are playing is very pleasing, but more so the way they’re working hard for each other, scoring goals and winning football matches.

“The way we’ve picked up our points recently has been a big boost.  We said we needed to go on a run around Christmas and New Year, and that’s exactly what we’ve done.

“We’ve managed to do that in a very positive way, with the goals we’re scoring coming from all over the pitch.

“We look like we can score from any area of the pitch, not just the forwards, everyone is chipping in and enjoying their football.”

GARY ON… SQUAD FITNESS AND HUNGER



“The hard work we’ve been putting in from the very first day of pre-season is starting to pay off for us.

“The fitness levels are very high, as they always tend to be at this time of the year with pre-season and the amount of games.

“Footballers should be in prime condition at this time of year, and I think we’ve worked our players really well, which the physios and fitness staff here deserve a lot of credit for.

“The players are in great shape and they look like they’re ready and hungry for the rest of the season.”

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