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GARY CALDWELL DELIGHTED WITH DEFENSIVE SOLIDITY AHEAD OF LEEDS TEST

17 October 2016

Latics on firm footing ahead of Elland Road trip.

  • Gary Caldwell assesses Burton Albion draw and looks ahead to Leeds United.
  • Manager delighted with recent clean sheets and defensive displays.
  • Latics set to face 'well-organised' and 'hard to break down' Leeds side.

Speaking to Latics PlayerHD and the official YouTube channel at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre on Monday morning, Latics boss Gary Caldwell gave his thoughts ahead of his side's Tuesday night trip to Elland Road to face Leeds United in the Sky Bet Championship.

GARY ON... BURTON ALBION

"We've looked over it and we'll go through it with the players again today. I think after the game my assessment was correct in that there were things we could have done a lot better in the first-half but second-half we played very well and probably should have won the game with the chances we created.

"We'll take the positives forwards; it's three games unbeaten and another clean sheet."

GARY ON... CONSECUTIVE CLEAN SHEETS AND DEFENDERS

"I think all of them are playing really well and still we have Nathan Byrne at right back who isn't a natural in that position.

"So to do it with the personnel we have is impressive and the fact they have that understanding too.

"It's not just them, though, I think the whole team have bought into the clean sheets and pressing from the front and working hard in midfield to deny opportunities, that helps the back four and Adam so it's very much a collective effort."

GARY ON... CHANCES CREATED AGAINST BURTON

"There good chances, not half chances, the two on Saturday – one for Alfie in the first-half and the one for Nick in the second – they're clear-cut chances that on another day go in and you win the game when you've not played as well as you know you can.

"If we keep creating those chances with the players we've got, we'll start scoring goals quickly."

GARY ON... MOMENTUM GOING INTO LEEDS GAME

"It's three games unbeaten, and on the back of the run that we were on it was important to stop losing games.

"Last year we had a similar spell where we drew four in a row and then went on a winning run after that so it's important we've got that solidity back and now we need to build on it.

GARY ON... LEEDS UNITED

"I think this is why we want to be in the Championship; to play against big clubs, traditional English clubs like Leeds with a great stadium, good crowd, and we can go there and show how good a team we are and get result.

"This is what we worked extremely hard for last year and now we have to enjoy these nights and make sure we get a positive result.

"I think any Championship game is decided on fine lines and small margins will decide the outcome, and Tuesday will be no different. It's going to be tough, they are a well-organised team, they're hard to break down, have threats in forward areas with Chris Wood in particular because he's powerful and can cause you problems.

"Both teams will go at it from minute one and it's going to be the small details that decide who wins."

GARY ON... TEAM NEWS

"No new injury worries from Saturday, which is great, it's just about recovering and making sure that the energy levels are right for Tuesday.

"I'll look at the team today; the boys recovered yesterday whilst we watched a lot of Leeds' games this season.

"We'll do more training today but I'll leave picking the team until later on because of the three games this week, it's better to give myself more time and make sure we get the right team to go and win the game."

GARY ON... THE RETURN OF CRAIG MORGAN

"It's massive to get him back; players like him are so important and when you don't have them it's great to get them back.

"There are more injured players that are working extremely hard in the gym and starting to come back out onto the grass and to see them with their boots on is great because you know that they're getting closer.

"The more players we can have to pick from, the better for me, because it gives me the option to play different ways."



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