Gary delivers his last preview of the season as he looks forward to what’s set to be a fantastic afternoon.
- Gary Caldwell previews Latics’ clash with Barnsley on Sunday.
- Latics determined to end the season on 90 points.
- “It’s important we play with style and confidence.” – Gary Caldwell.
GARY ON… SUNDAY’S OBJECTIVE
“I’ve always said I’ll only look at the league table on the 8 May, and that’ll still be the case. I want to look at it at full time on Sunday and see us sat on top with 90 minutes, and if we do that I’ll be a very happy man.
“I’m sure the supporters are delighted with what we achieved last weekend, and now I’m really looking forward to what will be a fantastic day at the DW.
“It’s not quite 100 points, but if we get to 90 points it will be a fantastic total for these players who came together at the start of the season and were added to throughout the season.
“To get as many points as we have from a new group like that is an unbelievable return and I think it’s important for us to go out and put on a performance.
“It’s important we play with a bit of style and confidence. I’ve told the players that they’re Championship players now and that their standards and levels have to go up, they have to show that on Sunday.”
GARY ON… EXCITING ATMOSPHERE
“The atmosphere on Sunday will be great and can certainly help the players to enjoy the game.
“Barnsley are bringing big numbers as well and it’s an important game for them, which I think will help us because we know that they’ll be highly motivated and we have to be ready for them.
“The players have been in great spirits this week and they’ve got to look forward to the atmosphere and putting on a show to make sure they win the league in style.
“I think we’ve given the supporters a team to be proud of, and the proof of that has been in the numbers that they’ve travelled in to come and see us.
“When you meet the fans you get the feeling that they’ve got their club back, they’ve got players to look up to and enjoy watching.
“The songs that they sing for the players are fantastic and the whole atmosphere at the club shows just how strong the relationship is between our players and our supporters.”
GARY ON… ‘SENSIBLE’ PREPARATION
Latics celebrate clinching promotion at Blackpool last Saturday.
“We were sensible in our preparation and gave the players Monday and Tuesday off. We had two good nights on Saturday and Sunday with everyone together, which I think is important.
“You need to enjoy these occasions when they come around.
“On Wednesday we got everyone back in and got our game heads back on, and now we’re fully focused on what Barnsley will bring to the DW Stadium.
“We’re at full strength and we want to go out to win the game, so I’ll pick a team that I feel can beat Barnsley. Everyone wants to play in a game like this, so it won’t be too hard to pick players who are hungry and ready to play.”
GARY ON… INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM ACHIEVEMENTS
Latics' promotion winning squad at the Player of the Year Dinner on Wednesday.
“It’s difficult to pick out individuals in a season when a team has done so well collectively, but I think Perks has been incredible.
“He’s only a couple of months short of my age, but he shows incredible consistency in his performance and energy levels.
“He was the first signing we made at the end of last season, so I’m delighted for him, but I think the team has been the shining light this year.
“It just goes to show that if you are together as a team and as a squad then you can be successful.”
GARY ON… THE SUMMER AHEAD
“I’m constantly preparing, but hopefully I’ll get a holiday at some point.
“I’m going down to Bournemouth next week to have a look at them training and see how they do things, and I’ll be doing more things like that throughout the summer.
“I’ll get a holiday away with the kids though and have some down time, but it’s constantly about preparing and planning and being ready for next year because it’s going to be a big challenge.”