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GARY CALDWELL'S SWINDON TOWN PREVIEW

24 March 2016

Caldwell sees Easter fixtures as an opportunity, not pressure.

  • Gary Caldwell praises ‘fantastic’ response from supporters ahead of Swindon trip.
  • Returns from injury unlikely for Good Friday clash.
  • Caldwell says the pressure is on Walsall, and sees Easter weekend as an opportunity.
Speaking to Latics PlayerHD ahead of Latics’ trip to Swindon Town on Good Friday, manager Gary Caldwell said he’s excited ahead of the Easter weekend fixtures, and sees them as an opportunity to put pressure on promotion rivals Burton Albion and Walsall.

GARY ON… EASTER WEEKEND FIXTURES

“It’s a similar period to Christmas with the quick succession of games over a few days, you can pick up a lot of points on other people and make a big impact on your season.

“We know where we stand and the importance of it, but as we’ve always done we look at the Swindon game first and take it from there.

“Swindon are a team in form, just like Bradford were and we found out how difficult it was to break them down, Friday will be no different.

“With Walsall not playing, I think it’s an opportunity and not pressure.  It’s a chance for us to get that gap above Walsall to as big as we can make it, and we have to do all we can to win both games.

“We want to make sure that the only pressure will be on Walsall when they have to play those games in hand and make it up.”

GARY ON… 1,200 SUPPORTERS AT SWINDON

“It’s fantastic again that we’ve got that backing from the supporters.

“It’s very important for us as a club to show how much we appreciate the fans’ backing and give them things like free travel, because we understand how difficult it is financially to come and support the team across the country.

“I think it’s great that we’ve repaid their loyalty and shown the fans that we want them there on Friday evening.”

GARY ON… TEAM NEWS AND INJURIES

“It’s not looking like anybody will be back for Swindon, with Michael (Jacobs), Jason (Pearce), Conor (McAleny) and Reece (James) all still recovering.

“Pearcey (Jason Pearce) might make the squad, but nobody is back in contention, and although Jack (Hendry) has gone out on loan to Shrewsbury, it’s a pretty similar squad to last weekend

“When we get those injuries back they will feel like new signings at a really important time of the year.

“They’re all working very hard and getting closer, so hopefully next week we’ll have a few of them back training and getting closer to contention for returns to the squad.”

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