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GARY CALDWELL DELIGHTED WITH TEMPO IN FINAL PRE-SEASON FRIENDLY

29 July 2016

Caldwell happy with hunger after 4-3 win at Fleetwood.

  • Gary Caldwell’s reaction to Latics’ 4-3 victory over Fleetwood.
  • Tempo and hunger of Latics’ players delights boss.
  • Luke Burke and Michael Jacobs praised after win.
  • Stephen Warnock and Nick Powell absences precautionary.
  • Will Grigg ‘fine’ but will be assessed.
Speaking to Latics PlayerHD following Latics’ 4-3 victory over Fleetwood Town at Highbury Stadium, boss Gary Caldwell was pleased with his side’s desire in their final pre-season friendly ahead of the start of the Sky Bet Championship season at Bristol City next Saturday.

“I thought we were excellent right throughout the game, we had real intent our attacking play right from the first whistle.

“We pressed well and we looked hungry for the game, but our game management in the second half was a disappointment.

“We made mistakes in the wrong areas and gave them soft goals, but overall we’re delighted with what we showed and we can look forward to the start of the season on Saturday now.

“There was a real intensity from the players and both teams played at a very good tempo, it was easy to see that both teams are getting closer to the start of the season in that respect.

“It was a good workout for us and we’re hungry and looking forward to Bristol City now.”

After slipping behind to the first of two David Ball goals, Max Power pulled Latics level within minutes, before Academy graduate Luke Burke forced a 2-1 lead with his first senior goal for the club.

Commenting on Burke’s current spell in the first team, Caldwell added:

“Luke is doing excellent.  He’s shown that if you come into the team and play well then you stay in the team.

“He fully deserves to be there with the way he’s played in each game that he’s been involved in.”

With a number of recent injuries keeping players out of the pre-season preparations, Caldwell has taken necessary measures to ensure set-backs aren’t prolonged, with Stephen Warnock and Nick Powell merely rested for the clash with Fleetwood.

“Stephen Warnock and Nick Powell were both precautionary absences tonight.  Stephen’s still struggling from the kick on the calf he got at Rochdale, but he should be fine to start training again on Monday.

“Nick’s got a tight groin from Tuesday night and he should be fine for Monday as well.”

Added to Caldwell’s concern was a knock to Will Grigg’s foot in the latter stages of the match, but he remains calm over the situation.

“Will (Grigg) seems fine, it looks like he caught a nerve when he got kicked and he lost feeling in his foot for a little bit.

“Hopefully he’ll be fine but we’ll see how he is over the weekend.”


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