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5 January 2016

Gary hoping away points can be a platform for home form.

  • Gary Caldwell previews Latics’ clash with Gillingham on Thursday.
  • Manager hoping for positive home start to 2016.
  • Dack a danger, but Caldwell hopes trio can pose Gillingham problems.
Speaking ahead of Latics’ televised clash with Gillingham in Sky Bet League One on Thursday night, Gary Caldwell said it’s time Latics turned their away form into points at the DW Stadium, as his side face their first test in 2016 on home soil.


“I’m delighted with the recent results we’ve had and the seven points from nine, although we were disappointed not to make it all nine at Scunthorpe on Saturday.

“To get those points on the board from three difficult away games is a fantastic return and now we have to take that form into the DW Stadium with the home fans behind us, to really put pressure on the teams above us.

“We’ve scored six goals in three away game, which not many teams in this league can do, and now we have to make sure we can do something similar at home.

“We were a dangerous team at the DW at the start of the season, we had a little blip, but we can get back there with our home fans behind us and start winning on a consistent basis.

“It’s a big 10 days in terms of our season.  The players are ready for it and they’re playing with great belief and confidence in each other.”


“Gillingham are a good side, they’re young and they work very hard with lots of energy.

“They’re a team full of aggression and we’re going to have to match that. We want to play our game, dominant the 90 minutes and take the game to them.

“They’ve probably exceeded expectations in terms of where they were coming into this season from, but they’re up there on merit.

“We know it’s going to be a very difficult game, but as I said we’re playing well and we’re very confident that we can go into the game playing our style to win the game.

“Bradley Dack’s a very good player for somebody so young.  He’s proved himself at this level and he’s a danger, but we’ve got dangerous players too.

“Andy (Kellett), Michael (Jacobs) and Will (Grigg) are a great threat, and I’d like to think they’re more worried about our players than we are of their players.”


“Kevin McNaughton has been back in training, but he won’t be ready for Thursday.  It’s good to have his presence back in the group.

“Francisco Junior is still back at Everton, but everyone else is fighting fit and ready to go.”

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