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GARY CALDWELL’S PETERBOROUGH UNITED PREVIEW

4 March 2016

Boss looks ahead to visit of Graham Westley’s side and congratulates chairman David Sharpe on marking a year in his role.

  • Caldwell knows Peterborough will be dangerous.
  • Donervon Daniels returns to training today.
  • Chairman David Sharpe should be “very proud” of the job he has done.
GARY ON PETERBOROUGH

"I think they are a very difficult team to play against; they score a lot of goals, they ask a lot of questions of you defensively and I think the FA Cup run that they had is probably just having a bit of an effect on them now.

"Any team that has lost five games in a row is dangerous because they are highly motivated to put it right so we’ll have to be at our very best if we want to win the game."

GARY ON REVERSE FIXTURE


"Whilst we went 2-0 up in the game early on and played very well, they still had many opportunities because of the attacking nature of both teams on that night.

"It was a very open game and even at 2-0 down they kept coming and they got the goals they deserved at that point because they were playing so well. 

"We know the threat that they possess and we will be ready for that tomorrow afternoon."

GARY ON SHAQ COULTHIRST

"He is a very good player; we had him here ourselves and he was unfortunate with the injury that he had here.

"I am sure he will be highly motivated to play against us and we have to be ready for that challenge.

"He has done well since he has been there, he has been in and out of the team but he has done well in the games that I have seen him play in.

"He’s got pace, he can score goals and he is a massive threat so, like most of their front players, we have to deal with him."

GARY ON HIS SIDE’S DEFENSIVE RECORD

"Any good team has to be built from the back; the goalkeeper, the back three or the back or whatever it may be, they have to be solid.

"You have to be a team that doesn’t want to give very much away and we have been very good at that recently and we have to continue to do that."

GARY ON MILLWALL DRAW

"I think when you go down to ten men after half an hour, you appreciate it is going to be a long hour and at half-time we had to reshuffle a little bit.

"Ryan Colclough had to come off and that was disappointing because I thought he was playing well on the night but the circumstances had to dictate that we had to change the system and get a system that we felt would first of all would give us an opportunity to win the game – because we still had aspirations to win the game at that point – but secondly it gave us the foundation to get a clean sheet and I said to the players that that was the minimum requirement.

"I couldn’t have asked for any more of them; they gave everything in terms of the physical work they had to put in and the defensive understanding of what it took to get that clean sheet.

"When you’re on a 12-game unbeaten run, and you have that situation in front of you, to get the clean sheet was very important.

"I thought for the first 25 minutes we played well in the game; we got on the ball, we still controlled the game and we still had more possession than them throughout the whole game which is testament to the way we want to play.

"I felt at times we could have been better in the final third; we could have had more patience but I can understand that with the ten men you feel a bit anxious and any time you get forward you think you need to get a shot off or score a goal."

GARY ON TEAM NEWS

"Donervon trained with the physios on Thursday and we will have him with the group today so we will see how he is for starting and everyone else from Tuesday is fine.

"We have managed to look after them and recover properly and get the best preparation we can to be ready for the game.

"Reece James and Michael Jacobs are doing well; they are progressing with the medical staff, working very hard, but they are still a number of weeks away."

GARY ON CHAIRMAN DAVID SHARPE’S ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY


"It has been fantastic for him to oversee the turnaround of the club in the last 12 months.

"When he took over it was a low point in the club’s history, it was a difficult time for the football club, but he has worked extremely hard to start turning it around and start a process of rebuilding the club.

"We have started that, we have done many good things within the club but we have still got a long way to go to get to where he wants the club to be and I want it to be.

"For his first year, I think he can be very proud of what he has achieved and starting to achieve at the football club."

GARY ON BEING LATICS MANAGER

"I love it; I love working with the club - it’s the longest I have spent at any club in my playing career and I think when you spend the amount of time I did in one place and you get to know the people that work in the club and the fans then you develop a love for the football club.

"This club means a lot to me; it means even more to the chairman because it has been his club for his whole life and so it is important to the both of us we get success."

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