GARY Caldwell wants his Latics players to take the lead when Crewe visit the DW Stadium this afternoon – and he wants them to make supporters proud.
Latics were given a standing ovation last time out at home when then beat Scunthorpe 3-0. And following last week’s defeat at Gillingham, Caldwell hopes they will use today’s clash against the Railwaymen to get back on track.
They are a good side, a great club with a great tradition of playing football the right way, bringing people through their academy so it’s a club I respectGary Caldwell
Crewe’s defence has leaked eight goals in the opening four league games, seemingly presenting an opportunity for Latics to polish their finishing today and climb the table in the process.
“We’ve focused a lot this week on playing our way – straight from the first minute – like we did against Scunthorpe,” Caldwell
“We look forward to the game – hopefully we can get a performance and a result the home fans can be proud of.”
But Caldwell has warned his players not to take Crewe’s lowly league position for granted, and admitted to admiring today’s opponents for the way they offer a pathway into the first team for junior players – and the way they play the game.
“They are a good side, a great club with a great tradition of playing football the right way, bringing people through their academy so it’s a club I respect,” he said.
“I think we should use their template for bringing players through and playing a certain way.
“They’re a good attacking team as well – they have scored a lot of goals so we have to be wary of that.”
Meanwhile, Caldwell revealed Kevin McNaughton is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines after a scan on his hamstring injury revealed a tear in a tendon.
“He’ll be out for a number of months which is a big
disappointment,” said Caldwell.