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GARY CALDWELL PROUD OF SECOND HALF EFFORTS AGAINST NORWICH CITY

13 September 2016

Caldwell happy with fight-back, but insists Latics must cut out mistakes.

  • Gary Caldwell's reaction after Latics' 2-1 defeat at Norwich City.
  • Jordi Gomez's goal close to inspiring spirited fight-back at Carrow Road.
  • Manager takes responsibility for early mistake leading to Jacob Murphy opener.

Speaking to wiganathletic.com after Latics' 2-1 defeat to Norwich City at Carrow Road, Latics boss Gary Caldwell said he was proud of the second half efforts, but insisted Latics need to cut out mistakes quickly if they want to pull themselves up the Sky Bet Championship table.

Latics fell behind to a quick-fire Jacob Murphy double following an early mistake from Adam Bogdan, before Jordi Gomez's second half stunner gave Latics hope and almost powered them through to what would have been a much-deserved point.

"I was proud of the players and the mentality they showed to play the game after making a bad mistake which I take full responsibility for," Caldwell began.

"I ask the goalkeepers to play that way and at times we're going to make mistakes, but we showed strength of mind to keep going and keep doing the right things.

"In the second half I thought we were incredible in the way we attacked the game and created opportunities.

"You can't give teams of this quality a two-goal start and that's the lesson we have to take from this game.

"We came to a team who were a Premier League club only last season and played them off the park in the second half when we attacked."

Gomez, who was making his first start back at the club after returning in the summer, was a bright spark for Caldwell, as he continued:

"Jordi's goal was fantastic, as we would expect from him.  He had Yanic (Wildschut) over to his left, but had the quality to put it in.

"We had other occasions where the final ball or cross was missing.  We also had a stonewall penalty turned down in the first half, so it wasn't for lack of trying or lack of opportunities created.

"We shot ourselves in the foot by giving them a two-goal lead, but I take responsibility for that and must praise the lads for the way they reacted."

Nathan Byrne and Yanic Wildschut were introduced in the second half and caused Norwich endless problems in defence in the final stages, more encouragement for Caldwell:

"We're still yet to get up to speed with certain players and when we do we'll have options to play different ways.

"Tonight we changed it slightly and then really gambled and went for the game late on with every attacking player we could put on the pitch.

"I'm really proud of the team and that second half has to be our standard now to take into the games coming up.

"I know it's four games in a row that we've lost now, but I think the players have to take great confidence from this performance.

"We have to cut out those mistakes in our game and realise we'll get punished for big mistakes.  Once we do that I have no doubt we'll win games to take us further up the league where we should be."


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