Caldwell: At times we were unplayable

Gary Caldwell
Gary Caldwell

GARY Caldwell believes his Wigan Athletic side are simply ‘unplayable’ when they reach the kind of heights that blitzed Colchester at the weekend.

After a run of four league draws in a row, Latics wiped the floor with a Colchester side that never recovered from an incredible start that saw them three down inside 15 minutes.

We’ve been good in spells for most of the season, but you have seen signs of the team coming together

Gary Caldwell

Goals from Donervon Daniels (2) and Max Power gave Latics a firm stranglehold on the game that they never relinquished.

And a brilliant brace from Will Grigg - one in each half - added icing to the cake.

“We were excellent,” acknowledged Caldwell.

“We’ve been good in spells for most of the season, but you have seen signs of the team coming together.

“The attacking play was unplayable at times – and that’s what we’ve got here.

“We’ve also got bodies on the bench ready to come on and change the way we attack.

“We’ve got options up there, and it’s a good thing for me that I can pick and choose when I play certain ways in certain styles.

“Our forward play was just too much for Colchester to handle.”

Unlike so often this season, Latics also retained their concentration at the back to pick up a precious clean sheet.

In fairness, the U’s offered little or no threat for the majority of the encounter.

But Caldwell was pleased with the defence - led by skipper Craig Morgan - stood firm when required and formed a protective barrier in front of Jussi Jaaskelainen.

“I thought when we had to defend we did it well, with real intensity,” the Latics chief recognised.

“There was a spell at the end of the first half when we got a bit sloppy as a team.

“Morgs came up with some great headers and Jussi came and caught some good crosses.

“We defended when we had to, and it helped us take the sting out of the game.

“You can’t go through a game and not expect to have to defend at some point, and when they were called upon they did their job.”

Another plus was the fact Latics picked up no fresh injury worries ahead of tomorrow night’s testing trip to in-form Peterborough.

All three substitutions – Yanic Wildschut, Michael Jacobs and Donervon Daniels – were tactical with one eye on the gruelling schedule coming up.