GARY Caldwell hailed Wigan Athletic’s battling spirit after Will Grigg’s stoppage-time equaliser salvaged a 2-2 draw against Millwall.
After Michael Jacobs had given Latics the lead eight minutes into the second period, the Lions turned the game on its head with two goals in the space of five minutes inside the final quarter.
It looked like Latics were going to suffer their first home defeat of the season, before Grigg appeared off the bench to save the day with a quality finish.
“They never give up,” Caldwell enthused.
“That’s the one positive thing from tonight we can take.
“We’ve got a group of players who fight to the very end and give everything they can for the club, for myself and for each other.
“I’ve every confidence in them. I know they’re never going to give up.
“I know they’re going to keep pushing until the end.
“We put the three strikers on just to try and get bodies in the box and it paid off.
“We deserved a point in the end.
“I thought we deserved more throughout the game, to be honest.
“I thought we could have won it when we scored, I thought there was still time - knowing the group and knowing what type of characters they are.
“Millwall frustrated and killed the game as much as they could, and we couldn’t get any momentum after that second goal.”
Caldwell felt Latics paid a high price for not taking full advantage of Jacobs’ opening goal.
“At 1-0 we were in total control of the game,” he assessed.
“They made a change which I felt should have been beneficial to us.
“It opened the pitch up in the middle.
“We need to capitalise on that better, and go and get the second and the third
“We conceded two really sloppy goals.
“We let their pressure affect us and change the way we were playing.
“It’s something we’re still working on, and it’s something I’m sure we’ll get better at as the season goes on.”