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CALDWELL: “IT WAS A DEVASTATING START TO THE SECOND-HALF”

25 March 2016

Boss ecstatic with players after 4-1 demolition of Swindon Town extends unbeaten run to 17 games.

  • “The finishing was clinical” – Caldwell.
  • Gary believes emphasis on aggression paid off for Latics.
  • Praise shared across the team with Caldwell delighted with the desire and energy from his players.
Wigan Athletic manager Gary Caldwell was delighted with his side’s performance as they were dominant in their demolish of in-form Swindon Town at the County Ground on Good Friday, securing a 4-1 win thanks to a Will Grigg double and strikes from midfielders Max Power and Sam Morsy – the latter’s first goal in a Latics shirt.

Speaking with LaticsPlayer HD post-match, Caldwell stated his side’s pressing, energy and desire was sensational.

“I think we had a lesson at Colchester two weeks ago when we were one-goal up and we started sloppy in the second-half and paid the price,” Caldwell said.

“We placed a lot of emphasis on playing on the front foot and being really aggressive and trying to kill the game off and, to be fair to the boys, they were outstanding in the second-half with the way they pressed and went about their business. 

“The finishing was clinical and it was a devastating 10-minute spell.

“We could have scored more as well; Will had chances for a third and Yanic had a one-on-one too but it was all about the energy, their desire to win the ball back and that was the most pleasing thing.

“We played against a good side; Swindon normally make between 450 and 500 passes per game and they didn’t get that tonight because they were put under so much pressure. That’s down to hard work and desire on the training pitch and taking that into games and then the confidence comes with that.”

Caldwell admitted it was a difficult call to pick a Man of the Match and said he was just happy with a complete team performance.

“It is difficult to single anyone out because it was an outstanding team performance right from the back with Jussi,” Caldwell added. “The only disappointment was the goal we conceded because at 4-0 we shouldn’t concede but fortunately it didn’t hurt us on this occasion.

“It was a great strike from Max for 2-0; that goal gave us the momentum to go on and finish the game off in the following five minutes.

“I thought Sam, Max and Perks were excellent in midfield; the way they played, the way they pressed them and put them under pressure was pleasing. Swindon’s midfield won’t have had a harder game than that this season.”

Now Latics will turn their focus to their second game of the Easter weekend when play-off chasing Rochdale head to the DW Stadium on Easter Monday.

And Caldwell emphasised the importance of his side making it three consecutive wins in Sky Bet League One.

“I said to the players that we have achieved three points and nothing more,” Caldwell continued. “We don’t get any more for the four goals or the good performance and we have to recover and do the right things to be ready for Monday.

“We focus now on another big test against another team that is in good form; we seem to keep coming up against teams in good form but we have to go about our business the same way and try and get another win.”

Finally, Caldwell reserved praise for over 1,300 supporters who made the trip to the County Ground and endured a difficult journey in heavy traffic. 

“It was incredible to see the supporters here in such big numbers again,” he said. “The backing they give vocally is incredible and the players responded to that so we are delighted to send them on their long trip home, happy.”

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