Boss delighted to be only the second team in six matches to deny Brentford victory at Griffin Park.
- Caldwell praises squad effort as they record first away point of the season at Brentford.
- Gary felt substitutes almost grabbed his side a late winner at Griffin Park.
- “Overall, I am delighted with our last two games and it gives us something to build on.” Caldwell.
Latics kept their first away clean sheet of the season and only their third in 11 Sky Bet Championship matches against a Bees side that had notched nine goals in their two previous home matches.
Reflecting post-match, Caldwell praised his side’s efforts asked for continued progression now after a mixed start to the campaign.
“I am delighted,” Caldwell said. “It was always going to be a difficult game after Tuesday night because we had the high of winning and it was important we didn’t get beat here.
“We were put under a lot of pressure and we defended with a great spirit to keep them out and, late on in the game, we created problems for them, looked a threat on the counter, and could have nicked it.
“I think it shows we can keep clean sheets; earlier in the season we were a bit soft in terms of people scoring goals against us pretty easily but we seem to have fixed that now and we have to continue that and then add the quality on the ball, because I felt today we were a bit flat on the ball with not enough forward runs and not enough quick passing.”
Caldwell introduced Yanic Wildschut, Nick Powell and Adam Le Fondre from the bench in the second-half and all three went close to grabbing a late winner for the visitors.
“Yanic and Nick impacted the game very well and had a real threat when they came on and made opportunities to score which was important,” he added. “Adam had a chance as well from the corner and, as I have always said, we need everyone to be a part of it.”
Going into the international break on the back of the home win over Wolves and the draw at Brentford, Caldwell continued to stress the importance of kicking on again in two weeks’ time.
“If you want to be successful away from home, you need to dig in and it wasn’t just the defenders that did that, I thought everyone put a shift in right from the front to Adam Bogdan, who deserved the clean sheet in the end,” Caldwell explained.
“I am really happy with the four points we have got before the international break; we go into it now in great spirits because if you go in on the back of a defeat it can be flat.
“We have a good amount of time now to work hard at the right time, rest at the right time and then be prepared for a lot of games again when we come back because it’s a busy schedule and we will be fitter and better for this.
“Overall, I am delighted with our last two games and it gives us something to build on.”