Caldwell hoping Fortune won’t favour Marco

Marc-Antoine Fortune
Marc-Antoine Fortune

Gary Caldwell has warned Wigan Athletic to beware the ghost of strikers past when Coventry visit the DW Stadium this afternoon.

Included in the Sky Blues ranks will be Marc-Antoine Fortune, who moved to the Ricoh Arena last summer after seeing out his two-year deal with Wigan.

It wasn’t the most productive of stints for Fortune, who netted just seven in 86 games for Latics, with his last goal at the DW coming in February 2014.

And while he’s found the net only three times for Coventry this term, Caldwell says Latics will be keeping a close eye on the 34-year-old.

“I played with Marco both at Celtic and then at Wigan, and then briefly managed at the end of last season,” Caldwell told the Evening Post.

“He’s somebody I have massive respect for, because he’s a great pro who works hard every day in training and gives his all on a match day.

“It will be good to see him back at the DW, and hopefully we can stop him scoring on the day.”

Caldwell is also looking forward to locking horns again with Coventry boss Tony Mowbray, having twice served under him as a player north of the border.

“Tony’s a very honest man, who’s had fantastic success as a manager,” added Caldwell, whose side will be looking to avenge a 2-0 defeat at the Ricoh on the opening day of the season.

“It will be a big test for me to come up against him and hopefully outwit him this time.”

Meanwhile, Caldwell admits watching Jason Pearce head home Wigan’s third goal at Shrewsbury last weekend gave him and his backroom staff more pleasure than usual.

It was a rare goal from a set-piece this season for Latics, which helped them to an emphatic 5-1 win that took them top of League One for the first time this season.

“It’s something that’s been killing us all season – we haven’t scored enough goals from corners,” Caldwell acknowledged. “We tried the short corner for a while, and I thought it was excellent, it was working well – but we just couldn’t score from it. The players then went way from that, and we’ve tried everything.

“Graham Barrow deals with the set-pieces a lot, and we’ve finally come up with something that worked last week.

“It is difficult, because you also need a bit of luck, with the timing and everything, and for the ball to fall on Pearcey’s head.

“But it’s great when you do all that work, like we did last Friday, with all the movement from the edge, and it comes off.

“Any time you do something on the training ground

and it comes off you feel proud and happy.”