Boss assesses 4-1 defeat against Rochdale with LaticsPlayer HD.
- Caldwell: “Not good enough and disappointing.”
- Boss feels Keith Hill’s Rochdale were excellent and made it hard for his side.
- Praise for youngster Luke Burke who performed admirably at right back.
Wigan Athletic manager Gary Caldwell was naturally frustrated with his side’s performance as they went down to Rochdale 4-1 on Saturday afternoon at Spotland.
Despite Yanic Wildschut scored a first pre-season goal for his side, there were not many positives to reflect on for Caldwell as Reuben Noble-Lazarus, Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Niall Canavan and Calvin Andrew scored to condemn Latics to a sixth pre-season game without success.
Reflecting post-match with LaticsPlayer HD, Caldwell said:
“I’m disappointed obviously with both the result and the performance because it wasn’t good enough.
“However, it’s understandable from the work we have been doing in training that the boys are going to be a little tired but we do still know that it’s unacceptable and we have two weeks to do something about it.
“We’ve been working very hard but we didn’t take it out onto the pitch and too many things went wrong and too many people are playing with their careers a little bit.
As much as Caldwell was disappointed with his own side’s performance, he did admit he felt Keith Hill’s Rochdale put in a great effort and forced errors on his side.
“I think Rochdale were excellent,” he added “They passed the ball and made it hard for us to get it back and too many of our players were put off the ball and gave it away too easily and we need to take better responsibility for that.”
Caldwell did give praise for last season’s under-18 captain and Michael Millett award winner Luke Burke, who displayed great composure at right back.
“A little positive was the goal we scored but I think the massive positive was the performance of Luke Burke who showed everyone else how to perform and conduct themselves and he was positive in everything he did,” Caldwell explained. “For a young lad, it was great to see him show that composure on the ball and that bravery that we need.
Latics lost Stephen Warnock in the first half to injury whilst his side remained without a number of injured players including Craig Morgan, Donervon Daniels and Emyr Huws.
However, Caldwell said all four will be assessed ahead of next week’s games with Oldham Athletic and Fleetwood Town but he was optimistic on all four fronts.