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11 March 2016

Gary discusses Colchester test and the addition of Stephen Warnock.

  • No room for complacency says Caldwell ahead of ‘dangerous’ Colchester test.
  • Gary disappointed to lose Chris McCann through suspension, but happy to see Sam Morsy back.
  • More from Gary on new recruit Stephen Warnock and their prior meetings.
Speaking to Latics PlayerHD at Christopher Park on Thursday morning, Gary Caldwell looked ahead to Saturday’s clash at Colchester United.


“Colchester will be very dangerous, they’re fighting for their lives and they’ll give it everything they’ve got.

“The pressure is off them to an extent, they can just give it a go because they’re quite a way off safety in terms of points, but I’ve watched them this week, and like so many teams at the bottom of this division I wonder how they’re down there because they’ve clearly got quality.

“We’ll have to be at our best, and I know we say that every week and people will think I’m just giving that line again, but I really believe that they’re a decent side and we’re going to have to play well to win.

“We started off incredibly well in the game at home against them, scoring three quick goals which killed the game off and then we made it very difficult for them to play.

“Every game is different though, and I don’t think it will be like the 5-0 home win, because they’ll make us work very hard to get control of the game.

“Some of our toughest games have come against teams down at the bottom of the league, so we’ll have to be ready for it.”


“It’s something that happens at this time of year; people pick up bookings and get suspended.  We don’t want it to happen, but we understand that it’s likely to happen, especially with Chris (McCann) being on nine yellow cards for so long.

“He’s been very careful about it and Saturday’s yellow card was a bit of an innocuous foul, one which could have gone either way.

“Chris will be a big loss because he’s been on a good run of form, but it will give him a chance to have a little break and focus on some training work so that he’s ready when he comes out of his suspension.”


“Having Sam Morsy back will be big.  Since he’s been here he’s made the position in midfield his own.

“They were two yellow cards in quick succession for Sam against Millwall, but to be honest I’m not really one to be able to give advice with my red card record.

“I said to him that it’s part of football, and he knows he made a mistake.  He’s lucky his team mates dug him out because they got a magnificent point on the night.

“There are no repercussions from me and it’s back to business for Sam.”


“Stephen has been great this week, his experience is something we’ll need in the run-in, but it’s his quality as well because he’s been playing at a high level every week up until a few weeks ago.

“To have a player of his quality come available and for him to choose to come to us is great and I’m sure he’ll do very well for us.

“When I went down to Liverpool for a trial, I must have been 13 or 14-years-old, Steve Heighway was the youth team coach then and he put me into Stephen’s house for a week.

“We went to the cinema and his Mum and Dad looked after me, it’s amazing how 20 years later we’re back together and I’m a manager and he comes to play for us.

“That’s the nature of football though, you meet people along the way and you build relationships whereby you know what type of character somebody is and how they can help your team.”

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