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GARY CALDWELL: “YOU HAVE TO GIVE THE OPPOSITION CREDIT”

10 September 2016

Boss admits disappointment in third consecutive defeat and says ‘fine details’ are costing his side points.

  • “Sometimes, you have to give the other team credit,” says Caldwell.
  • Boss felt his side once again gave everything in 2-1 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.
  • Gary praises young defender Reece Burke who made debut.
Wigan Athletic boss Gary Caldwell felt praise had to go to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday as the Owls defeated Latics 2-1 at Hillsborough in a close affair that ultimately concluded with the visitors leaving a third consecutive game with no points.

Caldwell watched on as his side took an early lead through Will Grigg but saw strikes from Steven Fletcher and Fernando Forestieri, secure the win for Carlos Carvalhal’s side.

Reflecting on the game, Caldwell felt his side performed well but had to respect the quality of their opposition today.

“I thought the boys gave everything,” Caldwell said. “Our effort was fantastic, our desire to try and get back in the game at 2-1 was good and sometimes you just have to hold your hands up and say the other team played very well on the day.

“In the first-half especially, I thought we were pretty comfortable and got the goal to give us a good start early in the game.

“We got in great shape and we worked on picking off their passes to full backs and breaking and Michael [Jacobs] did excellently to do that and cut the ball back for Will to score.

“It’s just disappointing from there because on the ball I felt we could have played more; we seemed to defend well but we gave them the ball back too easily and that was on our own downfall in the first-half.

“I think we have to acknowledge they’re a very good team; they finished in the play-off final last year and were very unlucky not to go up,” he continued.

“You have to give the other team credit sometimes and I think Forestieri, Steven Fletcher – who I know very well – and Barry Bannan are very good footballers and at times are very difficult to stop.”

Reece Burke came in for his Wigan Athletic debut after signing on loan from West Ham United and Caldwell was impressed with the young defender’s performance.

“I thought Reece was excellent,” he added. “He’s a player for the here and now who can really help us and potentially be a top, top player in the future.

“There’s little things he can improve on but in terms of making his debut in the Championship and showing that composure, it’s very impressive for somebody of 20 years old.”

Caldwell now takes his side to Norwich City’s Carrow Road on Tuesday night, hoping to arrest the slide which has seen his team lose three consecutive matches for the first time since December 2014.

“We’ll keep working hard,” Caldwell said. “There’s no lack of effort, no lack of desire, it’s just fine details we need to improve on if we want.

“We look forward to Norwich; we take Sheffield Wednesday on the chin, we’ll work out certain things that went wrong, have a look at Tuesday night and pick a team that can go there and cause them problems.

“I think today we caused problems at different moments in the game and we have to take that into Tuesday.”

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