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GARY CALDWELL ASSESSES LATICS’ DRAW WITH BURTON ALBION

15 October 2016

Boss disappointed with start but feels result at Leeds United on Tuesday will define value of the point against the Brewers.

  • Gary Caldwell: “On the balance of play, we probably deserved to win the game.”
  • Boss frustrated by slow start to the game at the DW Stadium.
  • “We have put it on ourselves now to win at Leeds and make that a good point,” Gary.
Wigan Athletic boss Gary Caldwell admitted his frustration at his side’s slow start and inability to find a winning goal against Burton Albion at the DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Despite extending their unbeaten run to three Sky Bet Championship games and keep a second consecutive clean sheet, Caldwell reflected with disappointment in his post-match interview with Latics PlayerHD.

“I am disappointed because again in the second-half we had lots of possession and good opportunities but we couldn’t get the goal,” Caldwell said. “So there’s frustration at that but overall I think we know need to be better, we need to pass it better, be hungrier when we lose the ball, and we must improve.

“I need to speak to the players about it [slow start], and they need to give a good answer because we have trained hard, but ultimately you get judged on a Saturday, and the first half wasn’t good enough.

“We all hold our hands up for that and I accept responsibility for that but we’ll speak to the players tomorrow and find out a reason for that.

“However, on the balance of the play in the second-half, we probably deserved to win the game.”

In general, Caldwell was content with the majority of his players’ efforts, but felt a few needed to better from the off against a Burton side that were always going to make it hard to win the game.

“I thought the majority of players played well but one or two have to be ready for the game when it comes and be brighter because it’s not going to be easy in this league; we’re not just going to turn up and win games in this league,” he added.

“Burton are a team that fight and work for everything they get so to beat them you are going to have do something special and create opportunities and we didn’t enough of that, especially in the first-half and even in the second we could have been better in the final third.”

Caldwell has now laid down the challenge to his players to make it four unbeaten by collecting a win at Leeds United on Tuesday evening that will in his opinion make the draw with the Brewers a good result.

“I said to the players that if they draw their home games, they have to win away from home and we’ve put that on ourselves now to go to Leeds and get a win,” Caldwell continued. “This turns into a good point if we do that.”

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