Caldwell hails ‘nearly perfect’ Latics

Gary Caldwell

Gary Caldwell

Gary Caldwell admitted Wigan Athletic’s 4-1 demolition of Swindon was very nearly the perfect performance.

Latics cranked up the pressure on League One leaders Burton with a convincing Good Friday win in front of the Sky cameras, with three quickfire goals at the start of the second half knocking the wind out of Town sails.

Will Grigg scored his 19th and 20th goals of the season, with Max Power and Sam Morsy adding the others, before Town mustered a late consolation through Nicky Ajose.

“I’d never call it a perfect performance - but we were very close,” Caldwell acknowledged.

“I thought in the first half we played very well to contain a very good side.

“We knew we’d be a threat on the counter and we managed to score a fantastic goal.

“In the second half, we upped it a little bit - both on and off the ball.

“We punished their mistakes, and for that 15-minute period we were devastating.

“At the end of the day though it’s only three points, and we’ll be keeping our feet on the ground.”

Grigg was only playing after Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill - the ex-Latics midfielder - excused him from international duty to concentrate on his club commitments.

“I’ve said that if there’s better strikers in that Northern Ireland squad then I’d like to see them,” Caldwell assessed.

“Will was sensational again - his all-round work-rate, his finishing, his contribution for the team.

“He’s been incredible for a long time now, and if you create chances for him then he’ll score goals.”

Latics moved to within three points of long-time leaders Burton, who are in action on Saturday dinnertime against Oldham.

“Graham (Barrow) and Mike (Pollitt) will be going down to Burton to watch the game,” revealed Caldwell.

“Me and Joe (Parkinson) will be back here with the boys, in for a Saturday session, and we’ll all be back in on Sunday to prepare for Monday’s game against Rochdale.”