Caldwell: We can blunt the Blades

Gary Caldwell
Gary Caldwell

GARY Caldwell spent his weekend off working a double shift to prepare Wigan Athletic for tonight’s clash against fellow promotion-chasers Sheffield United.

Latics were without a game after their clash against Gillingham was brought forward 48 hours for television coverage.

The target is promotion – how you get there is irrelevant really

Gary Caldwell

After watching his side come from two goals down to defeat the second-placed Gills in a five-goal thriller, Caldwell could have been forgiven for putting his feet up.

But he was out and about on Saturday, including a trip to Old Trafford to see tonight’s opponents suffer last-gasp FA Cup heartache at Manchester United.

And it’s this attention to detail that will hopefully see Latics take another huge step towards the automatic promotion spots with three more points.

“I watched Rochdale play Chesterfield on Saturday, and then straight over to Old Trafford to watch Sheffield United in the evening kick-off,” revealed Caldwell, whose Latics side face the in-form Spireites on Saturday.

“There’s never a day off in this business, I was out all day!

“But it was great that I managed to see both teams live that we have to play this week.

“Graham Barrow was also at the Oldham-Millwall game, and came over to Old Trafford in the evening.

“As a staff we’re working hard to give ourselves the best chance of doing well.”

Latics head into tonight’s game six points off the automatic promotion spots with a game in hand and, after a stop-start campaign to date, Caldwell is hoping his side are about to come into their own as they kick for home.

“The target is promotion – how you get there is irrelevant really,” he added.

“We want to be back in the Championship, we’ve stated that all along.

“Gillingham was obviously a massive result for us.

“Not only did we beat a team above us, but it was the way it came about in terms of the spirit we showed.

“That gives us belief and momentum, and we want to continue that into the Sheffield United game.”