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GARY CALDWELL: “THE PLAYERS DESERVED THAT”

18 October 2016

Boss delighted for his players as they make it four matches unbeaten with late Shaun MacDonald leveller at Elland Road.

  • Gary Caldwell reflects on Wigan Athletic’s draw at Leeds United.
  • “We deserved to win the game,” Caldwell assesses performance at Elland Road.
  • Boss pleased Shaun MacDonald goal gives Latics some reward for another good effort.
Wigan Athletic manager Gary Caldwell felt Shaun MacDonald’s late equaliser at Leeds United on Tuesday evening was the least his side deserved from another in which they dominated and arguably created the best chances.

After Chris Wood had opened the scoring for the hosts on the half hour mark, Michael Jacobs, Nick Powell and Jake Buxton were all denied from good chances before Wales international MacDonald struck the decisive blow from Jordi Gomez’s stoppage time corner.

Reflecting post-match with Latics PlayerHD, Caldwell said:

“I think we deserved to win again; it was disappointing with the goal that we lost and then the opportunities in the first-half that we created that I felt should have resulted in a goal but didn’t.

“We kept plugging away, kept doing the right things, and deserved to get at least a point from the game.

“When you’re 1-0 down in injury time and you’re obviously chasing the game and hoping for anything so it feels great to get the draw in that sense. You have to give great credit to the players because they kept going, showed real desire to get something from the game and they deserved that.

“We have to build on it now, put a win at the end of these draws and it will give us the momentum that we need.”

Caldwell was pleased his side managed to extend their unbeaten run in the Sky Bet Championship to four games, albeit their last three matches have been drawn.

He now has put the onus on his side to add a win against Brighton & Hove Albion at the DW Stadium on Saturday to begin a movement up the league table.

“The players keep going right until the bitter end and that’s testament to the players and the way they work every day because they push themselves and when you do that, you get what you deserve,” he continued.

“It’s important to keep the momentum going and we found out last year that draws can be very important because they keep belief and confidence in the group.

“However, we do have to make sure we put a win on the end of the draws to really take us up the league because the draws, as great as they are when they come like that, don’t take you up the league.

“If we can add a win on Saturday, it will give us more momentum and continue to take us up the league.”

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