We should have won!

Gary Caldwell in action against Fulham
Gary Caldwell in action against Fulham

SKIPPER Gary Caldwell says Latics only have themselves to blame for being held at home by fellow strugglers Fulham.

Latics had the three points well within their grasp after taking the lead through Hugo Rodallega, but the Colombian squandered three other gilt-edged opportunities to hammer home his side’s advantage.

And Wigan were made to pay a harsh penalty when Fulham substitute Andy Johnson bagged a scrappy equaliser with just four minutes remaining.

“We have to look at it as two points dropped,” Caldwell told the Evening Post.

“Anytime you get in front like we did, you want to hold on and see the game out.

“To be fair to Fulham, they kept pressing and got the goal that they’ll feel they deserved, but we feel we could do a whole lot better in holding out.”

Caldwell had an unwitting hand in the Fulham equaliser, the Scot trying in vain to block Johnson’s shot but succeeding only in deflecting it over Ali Al Habsi despite the goalkeeper’s best efforts to claw it out.

“It was an unfortunate goal to concede,” he acknowledged.

“The ball nicked off my calf and seemed to spin up in the air for an eternity, which seemed to deceive Ali.

“He’s managed to get a hand on it but unfortunately for us it’s dropped in.

“We know Johnson plays on the shoulder of the last defender, and we gambled and tried to play him offside. But we didn’t get the break.

“You know that when teams are behind in the closing stages, they are going to throw men forward and put you under pressure.

“We have to deal with that much better and learn how to pass the ball better when we are under pressure.

“We gave them too much space and allowed them to come at us after we took the lead, and you can’t afford to do that at this level.”

Despite torrid conditions and a difficult playing surface, Latics managed to create some decent chances, especially after the break.

“The gaffer told us at half-time that we needed to get the ball forward quicker, to try and play the game in their half more,” Caldwell revealed.

“We changed the formation a bit, which seemed to help us and allowed us to get on the front foot.

“We played pretty well in the second half. We scored the goal and we could have scored more. The goal was a great finish, and Hugo worked really well all afternoon. It was a good reward for the shift he put in.

“We all feel we deserved more, but this league seems to get tighter every week.

“All we can do is concentrate on our own jobs, and if we can do that then we’ll be fine.”