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12 March 2016

Gary Caldwell left frustrated as Latics’ automatic promotion lead cut to three points following 3-3 draw with Sky Bet League One’s basement side, Colchester United.

  • “Disappointed and angry,” – Caldwell.
  • Boss rues complacency as Latics rescue late point after leading twice in Essex.
  • Gary felt despite notching three goals, his side should still have been more clinical.
A bitterly disappointed Gary Caldwell was left to reflect on a backwards step in the Sky Bet League One promotion battle as Latics rescued a late point at Colchester United having led twice at the Weston Homes Community Stadium.

Will Grigg notched in the 90th minute to extend Latics’ unbeaten run to 15 games after Yanic Wildschut and Ryan Colclough had twice given Latics the advantage.

However, Alex Gilbey and Elliot Lee levelled on two occasions for Kevin Keen’s side before George Moncur converted a penalty to give the hosts the advantage.

Reflecting post-match with LaticsPlayer HD, Caldwell was evidently frustrated to see his side throw away a great opportunity to record another three points.

“I am disappointed and angry,” Caldwell said. “I am especially disappointed for the fans that came to support us.

“It was a game we totally controlled and we should have been more goals up at half-time than we were.

“We created lots of chances first-half and didn’t put them away, something we should have done, and then second-half we paid the price.

“The finishing wasn’t good enough, we should have had more and I said to the players that we had to go out again and play in the same way but take the chances. We didn’t do that and you leave yourself open, the scoreboard dictates how far ahead you are not the way you’re playing.”

Despite warning his players against complacency, Caldwell felt that was a huge factor in why his side failed to hold on to two leads.

“We got complacent in the second-half,” he continued. “We warned the players about that, but they fell into the trap and Colchester, to be fair to them, had a go in the second-half.

“There was a warning there from the first-half that if we did get sloppy they would punish us and that’s what happened.”

And Caldwell was taking no positives from collecting a point, stating his side have to win football matches if they are to win promotion to the Sky Bet Championship.

“We knew what we were up against,” Caldwell added. “We worked hard all week and I think first-half we played well apart from the chances we didn’t take but second-half we didn’t get started and it was too little, too late.

“We can’t really take a positive from getting a point; we came here to win the game and that’s what you have to do if you want to be successful and we didn’t do it.

“We’ve got to work hard now; we have got to find players that don’t have that complacency and don’t take their foot off the pedal and then punish teams when we are on top.”

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