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28 September 2016

Boss praises goal-scorers Adam Le Fondre and Will Grigg and the whole team effort following first win in eight games.Gary

  • “It couldn’t have worked out much better for Will and Adam,” Gary Caldwell.
  • Gary praises “Incredible” David Perkins.
  • Caldwell happy for all of his players and finally getting deserved victory
Wigan Athletic boss Gary Caldwell heaped the praise on his players after they defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 at the DW Stadium on Tuesday evening to end a winless that looked destined to stretch to eight games until substitute Will Grigg fired home an 88th minute winner.

Adam Le Fondre gave Latics an early lead on his first start for the club but Wolves equalised through Prince Oniangue midway through the first period with a goal that looked to be sending the match to a draw.

Reflecting post-match with LaticsPlayer HD, Caldwell said:

“I am really happy for the players; they’ve finally got the rewards for playing well, for never giving up, for believing in what we are doing and for working on the things that I said we needed to improve on like the crosses and the bodies in the box.

“I thought we looked a real threat when we got it wide and put it in the box and we scored a great first goal from that.

“We want to win games, that’s our philosophy, and however we win them, we will take it.

“I thought our performance was excellent again tonight against a very good team. I had seen them on Saturday and I knew the threat that they posed and they showed that on the counter-attack.”

Caldwell made the bold call of resting Grigg and handing Cardiff City loanee Le Fondre a starting berth, but it was a move that paid dividends.

“Adam’s worked hard,” Caldwell explained. “He is obviously behind a striker who scores goals for fun. I just felt that in the last few games that Will had looked a bit leggy, especially after the summer he has had.

“Will’s worked tirelessly up there on his own and I thought he repaid the faith we put in him by taking the decision the right way and coming on and getting a goal.

“To have two strikers of that quality and for them both to take on that lone striker role and get a goal, it couldn’t have worked out much better.”

Although he diverted the praise to his players, Caldwell must have been pleased to see his three substitutions, Grigg, Nick Powell and Michael Jacobs worked with all three helping his side to increase the tempo of their game.

“It wasn’t just the starting eleven that won us the game; I felt the substitutes had a massive impact on the game when we needed it because the game was in the balance at that point and it could have gone either way,” he added.

“The team with more energy and more desire was going to go on and win it and I felt that the subs gave us that on top of everyone working extremely hard and believing in what we are doing.”

Another change Caldwell made saw David Perkins return to the starting XI in an unfamiliar right back role, and his manager couldn’t have been happier with his contribution.

“I thought Perks was incredible; especially considering he is not a right back,” Caldwell continued. “Second-half we moved him higher up and tried to play him in a position to stop counter-attacks and win second balls.

“His energy and appetite for the game is fantastic and it rubs off on others.”

Whilst the win provided a great boost for confidence in the dressing room, Caldwell says he has to remember it is just one small step towards his end goals.

“Nobody wants to lose football matches and everyone works extremely hard,” he said. “The players, the staff, we work to get things right and when it doesn’t it’s frustrating, it’s disappointing and you have to pick your chin up and put it right.

“The players have taken a lot of knockbacks in the last few weeks that they haven’t really deserved on the back of the way they have performed and conducted themselves, so they deserve that.

“We have to get our feet back on the ground and look forwards to Saturday and build on it because it’s only one game.

“We have to [put a run together], that’s football and we can enjoy this for 10 or 20 minutes and have that good feeling but then it’s down to thinking about tomorrow and thinking about the next few days in preparation for a massive game on Saturday.”

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