Caldwell: ‘Keep up the intensity’

Gary Caldwell

Gary Caldwell

Gary Caldwell has promised there will be no let-up in intensity as Wigan Athletic entertain Rochdale looking to move within one point of the League One summit.

Latics are aiming to complete an impressive Easter double, having enjoyed a 4-1 romp at Swindon on Good Friday.

They were further boosted by leaders Burton being held to a goalless draw by struggling Oldham in their game in hand on Saturday afternoon.

With the Brewers not in action until tonight - when they face a tough trip to Millwall - Caldwell has challenged his players to take advantage of their 1.30pm kick-off as they attempt to crank up the pressure on their promotion rivals.

“It’s a case of continuing what we’ve done so far,” he told Wigan Today.

“You can’t afford to take your foot off the gas at this stage of the season.

“You have to recover, focus again and prepare to go again - for the last eight games.”

Latics won’t have it all their own way against a Dale side that have picked up since the arrival of ex-Latics striker Grant Holt and are aiming for a play-off finish.

“It’ll be a very tough test against a side I think are capable of getting in to the play-offs,” Caldwell acknowledged.

“In the first game at their place, we went 2-0 up but for the last half-hour they penned us in and caused us lots of problems.

“We know they’re a threat, but we’ll be on our guard.

“We switched off for two minutes at Swindon and they scored, and we can’t afford to do that again.”

Despite sending out a real statement of intent with Friday’s televised win, Caldwell is not getting too carried away.

“We just knew we had to win the game, regardless of how we do it,” he added.

“If we win every game 1-0, I’ll take that - 4-1 doesn’t really give us anything extra.

“Of course we’ll be able to take belief and confidence from it, that what we’re doing is working.

“But at the end of the day, they’re all worth the same - three points - and it’s important to keep our feet on the ground.”