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16 September 2016

Caldwell calls for ‘no fear’ in build-up to Fulham clash.

  • Gary Caldwell assesses Latics' clash with Fulham.
  • Latics host the Cottagers at the DW Stadium this Saturday.
  • Caldwell wants 'no fear' approach.
Latics return to the DW Stadium this weekend to host Fulham in a Sky Bet Championship game which manager Gary Caldwell sees as an opportunity to use the midweek second half performance against Norwich City as a turning point, calling for no fear from his players on the ball.

Discussing preparations for Saturday’s clash with the Cottagers, Caldwell spoke to and the local press at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre.


“I’ve watched it back a couple of times now and I still feel we can use this as a big turning point despite it being another loss.

“The strength of character you need to perform when you’re 2-0 down away at a big stadium like Carrow Road is very difficult and only players will be able to tell you just how much pressure that is.

“We stuck to what we believe in as a football club and I was proud of the players on the night.

“We never like losing games, but the way we performed after losing the two goals tells me everything I need to know about where the group is, where we are in terms of how we want to play the game and their mentality in terms of the belief of what we’re doing.

“When you’re 2-0 down there’s very little to lose so you do naturally attack more and take more risks.  We have to have no fear from minute one, whether we’ve got the ball or we haven’t.

“We have to be more aggressive and of the front foot, which has to start on Saturday.”


“It’ll be a good game, both teams like to play out and get on the ball as much as possible.

“They have some dangerous players in forward areas so we have to be ready for that.

“We’ll have to work very hard off the ball to try and stop them, but like I’ve always said we have to play our way, attack and be on the front foot to try and control the game with the ball right from the first minute.  If we do that I think we can beat them and cause them a lot of problems.”


“The way we pass the ball is excellent and we have attacking players who can score, which is evident in the fact we’ve scored in all but one game this season.

“There are lots of ways to try and win a football game.  We’re a team that tries to attack, we did it last year and we were extremely successful and this year we’re going to do the same.

“Defensively we have to be better, our intensity needs to be better when we lose the ball and we have to have more desire to stop the ball going in our net.

“We need to focus on defending, not just from the players in defensive positions, but right across the team.

“The second goal on Tuesday isn’t good enough.  We had too many people running off our players and too many of our players not getting tight enough to stop a forward pass.

“If we get that right then we’ll cause problems for a lot of teams this season, because as an attacking team I don’t think there are many better in the league.”

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