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GARY CALDWELL’S PRE-SEASON UPDATE FOLLOWING MACCLESFIELD DRAW

20 July 2016

Boss feels things are coming together for his new squad as Adam Bogdan marks first Latics appearances with penalty save.

  • “Goal just around the corner,” says Caldwell.
  • Manager pleased with Nick Powell’s impact as new signing bags another 45 minutes.
  • Gary pleased with confidence boosting penalty save for Adam Bogdan.
Despite being frustrated his side couldn’t make a number of clear-cut opportunities pay on Wednesday evening as his side recorded a 0-0 draw with Macclesfield Town at Moss Rose, Gary Caldwell was encouraged by the number of chances his side created and admitted he’s pleased with the progress his players are making.

Speaking post-match with LaticsPlayer HD in Cheshire, Caldwell said:

“It’s just how it is going at the minute; we had a lot more chances, a lot better play in the final third and it’s slowly coming together.

“I think the boys just need that little bit of sharpness now, we did a double day yesterday and we worked this morning so it’s understandable that they aren’t at 100% because of the extra work we’re doing to get them right for the start of the season.

“I’m sure a goal is just around the corner,” he continued. “It’s not about winning games or scoring lots of goals at this point, it’s about putting things into them physically and tactically and seeing how it works on the pitch.

“A lot of things went well tonight, we’d obviously like to win the game but it’s not the most important thing.”

Nick Powell started the game against the Silkmen and showed moments of class with his delivery and control of the ball and Caldwell was pleased with the former Manchester United man.

“I thought Nick was very good,” he added. “He’s somebody who we’re slowly getting up to speed because he joined us later so he’s not done the same work as everyone else.

“I think he showed his quality when he receives the ball and looks after it and causes teams problems by overloading in midfield.

It was something we worked on with Yanic and Michael and them being a threat in behind. I thought that worked quite well but the pitch didn’t help either because any of them through balls were sticking and didn’t really run on to the players moving on to them.”

Another new signing that impressed was goalkeeper Adam Bogdan who marked his first appearances for the club with a penalty save just minutes after replacing Jussi Jaaskelainen at half-time.

“It was great for Adam Bogdan; great for his confidence because it’s always good for goalkeepers to save penalties, especially when he’s just arrived at the club,” Caldwell explained. “I thought he looked very comfortable considering he hasn’t had much time with the players – he played out very well and showed real quality.”

Caldwell also gave updates on trialist full back Ryan Taylor and Reece James, who made his first appearances after picking up an injury back in January.

“Ryan has done well,” Caldwell said. “He’s somebody we know well and the club know well from his last spell here.

“He’s had a lot of troublesome injuries but he’s showed that he can train and play at a high level and he’s been great in the games.

“I thought Reece looked better tonight; he’s had niggly ankle problems all through pre-season and we’ve put him in to training to get him right and I thought tonight and over the last few days in training he’s looked back to his old self.”

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