Latics set to face 'even better' Burton Albion side.
- Gary Caldwell looks ahead to Latics v Burton Albion.
- Manager expects even tougher Brewers test than meetings in 2015/16.
- Caldwell provides injury updates and early team news following international break.
GARY ON... INTERNATIONAL BREAK
“It’s been great; I think initially after the two good results we had against Wolves and Brentford, we wanted to have a game to keep the run going but throughout the two weeks we’ve done some excellent work and the players have worked really hard.
“I think we are coming out of the break a lot stronger, a lot fitter and the group looks a lot better in terms of numbers because a few players have returned from injury.
“After the Brentford game, we had three very hard days where we worked the boys physically and the players’ application was fantastic.
“We had a few days off, and then we worked hard in preparation for this run of fixtures we’re going into.”
GARY ON... BURTON ALBION
“Like ourselves, they’re a better side than last year but I think they are very similar in their approach.
“They’re a difficult team to beat because the players give everything for the manager and for the football club so it will be a really difficult game where physically we’ll be tested and we’ll have to be at our best.
“Their rise is unbelievable, it’s similar to ourselves all those years ago, and you have to respect what they’ve achieved in a short space of time in the way they’ve gone through the leagues.
“They don’t know when they’re beaten and will keep fighting until the very end so we’ll have to match that and then let our quality come out on the day.”
GARY ON... LAST SEASON’S MEETING WITH THE BREWERS AT THE DW
“It was a disappointing game last year where I felt we did enough to win the game but got done with a sucker punch on the counter attack.
“We’ve learned from that and we’re a far better team now than we were then so they’ll face a different team than they faced that night as well.”
GARY ON... INJURIES AND WEEKEND’S TEAM NEWS
“Alex has had his operation; he had to have the wiring put around it to make his ankle stronger which was a bit of a disappointment because it was 50:50 whether he would need it.
“We know the time he’ll be out and what he needs to do to come back so he’s accepted that now and is working hard in the gym to come back from that experience.
“Reece James, Donervon Daniels and Andy Kellett are all edging closer to a return and getting closer to a return and once they come back they’ll feel like new signings because we have not had them for the majority of the season.
“Craig Morgan has also trained again and will be in the squad for the weekend, which will help us.”
“The players have trained extremely well and some days we’ve had to stop training because the intensity was so high that we feared an injury with the tackles that were going in. It was match tempo and that was great in one sense but we also have to be careful on the other hand.
“There’s food for thought with the team and I have to think about what is the best team for this game, especially with three games in a week, because we have to look at each one individually and try and put out the players that fit to win that game.”