Caldwell: Squad is still full of belief
Gary Caldwell insists Latics will travel to Leeds tomorrow night full of confidence despite a disappointing home draw against Burton on Saturday.
The result was Latics’ third on the spin without loss, but a string of missed chances, plus the fact Wigan have still never beaten the Brewers, left fans frustrated at the full-time whistle.
Latics go to Elland Road yet to win on the road this term, but Caldwell is looking forward to facing the Championship heavyweights and thinks provided his players reach their potential, they can come back from Yorkshire with all three points.
“It will be a great game,” he said.
“It’s a game you look forward to in the Championship. It’s a fantastic stadium and a big crowd.
“I’m confident if we play well we’ll beat anyone in the league. I think at our best I’m very confident to play anyone so we’ll go there with belief.”
But the Latics manager warned that, following Saturday’s hit-and-miss offering at home, his players will have to pick-up their performances on the road to climb up the table.
“I said to my players, if you draw your home games then you have to win away from home and they become a really good point.
“We’ll recover and go there trying to win the game.”
Leeds suffed a 1-0 defeat at Derby County on Saturday, leaving them with just one win from their past three games.
But there is also pressure on Latics following Aston Villa’s 1-1 draw with Wolves, which lifted them out of the bottom three at the expence of Caldwell’s club.
But there were some positives, such as an eye-catching performance from summer signing Dan Burn.
His display was one of the few bright notes from Saturday’s game, including a brilliant clearance off the line when Burton’s Chris O’Grady caught Wigan keeper Adam Bogdan off his line and let fly from 50 yards.
And Caldwell agreed that Burn’s contribution was pleasing.
“He’s a good player and that’s why we signed him,” said the manager.
“He’s taken a bit of time to settle but you can see how good he is and he’s still relatively young for a centre back so he can improve even more.”
And overall, Cadlwell is happy with how things are shaping-up for his side at the back.
He said: “Defensively, we’re very happy with how we’re playing at the minute.”