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9 September 2016

Gary looking to utilise extra training time against the Owls.

  • Gary Caldwell discusses the positives of the international break and early team news.
  • Latics set for tough Sheffield Wednesday test as both teams look to improve results.
  • Caldwell happy with performances but says results must improve quickly.

Speaking to ahead of Latics' return to Sky Bet Championship action on Saturday against Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough, boss Gary Caldwell spent time out of his busy schedule to discuss the test his side face against the Owls, the benefits of the international break and the impact of the transfer window now being closed.

In a new feature to our pre-match interviews, Gary also answered questions posed to him by supporters sent into our @LaticsOfficial Twitter account.


“It’s a massive game in a fantastic stadium in front of a huge crowd; it’s one of those away games which shows why you want to play in the Championship.

“They were right up there last year and got to the play-off final, so they’ll be hungry to put that defeat right this season.

“They’ve got lots of individuals who could hurt us on the day, so again we’ll have to be at our best.”


“We’ve been inconsistent results wise, but I think performance wise we’ve been good.

“What we’ve learned is that you can’t make small errors in the fine details of games because they will cost you.

“The results have been nowhere near good enough and we have to do something about that quickly.

“You look at the times round about us and their goal difference is -3 and -4 whereas ours is zero, so I think that shows how close our games have been.”


“Perks (David Perkins) is still out after another slight problem with his hamstring so he’ll be back towards the end of next week.

“Morgs (Craig Morgan) felt his hamstring as well, so we’ll look at that and assess it in time to make a decision with regards Sheffield Wednesday, but apart from that everyone else is fine.

“The longer term injured players are continuing to work hard, but we don’t have a specific return date for those guys yet.”


“During the international break we’ve managed to train as an entire group with the exception of Shaun MacDonald who had a late call-up to the Wales squad.

“We had a friendly against Burnley at the training ground and we’ve had some 11v11s amongst ourselves at the DW Stadium, so we’ve managed to get a lot of work in.

“If used correctly the international break can be very beneficial for us.

“We looked at the structure in the summer and planned ahead because we didn’t have any international breaks last year.

“It’s a great opportunity to work on different things, but at the same time each international break has to be handled differently.

“The first one is a good chance to train and work on getting the players up to speed tactically, but as they go on it’s more about rest, particularly in November ahead of the busy Christmas period.

“We’ve worked on a range of things in a tactical sense and I hope that comes out in the games.  Having a two week period to fit more training in and two matches behind closed doors has allowed us to transfer what we’ve been working to onto the pitch without focusing too much attention on the result.

“That’s why I’m excited to get back into the competitive matches, because I want to enjoy seeing the players use what they’ve learned this weekend.”


“We’ve recruited well in areas to strengthen the squad.  When the window shuts everyone breathes a sigh of relief.

“The squad settles and everyone looks forward to getting on with the important business of football.  All the carry-on of ins and outs is forgotten about, because the transfer window is something we have to put up with and it’s an unwelcome event, but all managers have to deal with it.

“Thankfully now we can go at the season with the squad we’ve got and work with the players to get the right results up until January.

“It’s not quite the recruitment drive we had last summer, but that’s the way football’s going, you have to deal with losing players and bringing players in to make the squad stronger.

“Without the emergency loan window it has made a lot of managers uncertain and we’ll have to see how we cope.

“It’s a new rule for everyone, so that probably changed the activity in the window, with clubs making sure they did the business they wanted to do.”


“Adam’s already shown us what he’s about; he’s been scoring goals for fun in training every day.  It’s no surprise to me because I saw a lot of him when he was on loan at Bolton Wanderers.  He was on fire at that time and bringing someone into the club with his goal scoring pedigree is certainly the right thing to do to compliment Will Grigg.”


“I’m looking for Kaiyne to be someone we can nurture, but at the same time have an impact on the team straight away.

“He’s got pace and power and he’s someone who will always worry defenders.

“He knows he’s still got a lot to learn and he has to refine his game, but he’s got massive potential and we want to bring that out of him.”


“Nathan’s somebody I tried to sign last season.  I saw him playing for Swindon Town and he played the role very well.

“The price he went to Wolves for was obviously way too high for us back then, but we’ve managed to get him in now and I’m delighted he’s here.

“He gives us a lot of quality down the right hand side because of his versatility and he certainly fits into our system.”


“Reece is another player I’ve been chasing for a while now.  I saw him playing for Bradford City last season and was very impressed with his progression and improvement.

“He’s a defender who is very comfortable on the ball, he’s physically impressive but very mobile at the same time and he’s only just turned 20 so I see a really big future for him."


@LaticsOfficial with the recent deadline day signings, do you feel we have the squad now to push on for the rest of the season?

— Alastair Hancock (@alwafc99) September 9, 2016

“Yes, I believe in the squad and I always have from the start of the season.

“You always have to be ready and willing to add to the group because different players leave the club.

“I feel now that the squad is settled.  After the window shut I could sense relief from some of the players that they know they’re here and part of our plans until January at the very least.

“Everyone seems comfortable and happy around the training ground with the players we’ve brought in, which has been great for the spirit in the group and can only have a positive impact on the results we’re looking to get.

@LaticsOfficial Will the new signings feature in the next few upcoming games?

— Joe Winstanley (@JoeWinstanley88) September 9, 2016

“We’ve had a chance to work with them, but like with any signing they’ve had to come in and prove themselves.

“We have a very competitive group and a strong group of players, so if you’re coming in you’ve got to earn the right to play.

“We’ve trained very hard and had the opportunity to play different personnel with each other so that they build an understanding of each other.”

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