Battle Royal

GARY Caldwell has called on the Wigan Athletic faithful to give referee Lee Mason hell tomorrow – in the nicest possible way.

Latics host Everton at the DW in their first home game for a month, hoping for a greater rub of the green from the officials than they’ve been getting of late.

A howler from Howard Webb, who failed to spot Fernando Torres mugging Ali Al Habsi, saw Latics go down 1-0 at Chelsea three weeks ago.

And last weekend’s 4-2 defeat at Sunderland included two game-changing calls from Lee Probert, which led to the Black Cats’ first and third goals.

Caldwell himself was involved in the first incident, when he was penalised for a pull on Asamoah Gyan despite the Ghanaian appearing to be the greater transgressor.

And the Scot reckons it’s time Latics made the most of their own home-town advantage.

“We’ve seen in away games recently that certain decisions have gone the way of the home side,” he told the Evening Post.

“With touch and go decisions, when you have 40,000 people shouting it’s got to sway a referee’s decision.

“And I’ve got absolutely nothing against a referee in that situation – it’s just human nature.

“But hopefully we can have 20,000 people making some noise for us tomorrow, which can win us some key decisions that can help us pick up three points.”

Latics saw their recent resurgence checked by the defeat on Wearside, but Caldwell says there is no need to panic on the back of one game.

“I don’t think the scoreline at Sunderland was as bad as it looked,” Caldwell reasoned.

“Having done the hard part and taken the lead, we felt pretty comfortable.

“Unfortunately we then had a crazy 20 minutes or so, and got heavily punished.

“That can happen to you in this league. It just shows you’re never safe not matter how well you’re playing.

“We’ve identified where we think we went wrong and hopefully it won’t happen again.”

The former Celtic man also admitted the team spirit at the club has been unwavering despite Latics dropping back into the bottom three last weekend.

He added: “This is a time for sticking together, believing in each other, and the team spirit is second to none.

“It’s not the time to be pointing the finger or blaming individuals – we’re all in it together and we’ll get out of it together.”