Caldwell: Latics have to start all over again tonight

Gary Caldwell
Gary Caldwell

GARY Caldwell insists Wigan Athletic will have to start all over again at Peterborough tonight despite the euphoria of Saturday’s battering of Colchester.

Latics put in their best performance of the season to destroy the U’s – who only last month beat high-flying Sheffield United and Gillingham.

We have to use this as a springboard to kick us on

Gary Caldwell

But the Wigan boss admits that will count for nothing when his side take to the field tonight at London Road.

“That one’s gone now,” he told the Evening Post. “It’s only three points, they go on to the league table, and we move on.

“That’s the mindset we have to have if we want to achieve our goals this season.

“We have to keep pushing and trying to pick up three points in the next game, and then the one after that.

“We’re expecting a tough game from Peterborough – but every game in this league is difficult.

“You have to earn the right to play and you have to earn the right to win.

“But if we can play to that level again at Peterborough, we’ll be a difficult team to play against.

“We have to use this as a springboard to kick us on, push us forward, and give us the belief we can put together a run of wins.”

Caldwell must decide whether to stick with a winning team, or shuffle his pack to try to retain maximum freshness.

With Saturday’s bench containing the likes of Craig Davies, Grant Holt, Francisco Junior, Jordy Hiwula and Tim Chow, it’s a selection problem he is more than happy to have.

“It’s a big factor for us, knowing you’ve got such quality on the bench and in the stand,” acknowledged the Wigan boss.

“And let’s not forget the quality we have in the lads who are still coming back from injury.

“It’s great for the competition, and I think you need that to be successful.

“The boys that get the jersey know they have to play well to keep it, and that can only be a good thing for us moving forward.”

Latics won’t have it their own way against a Peterborough team that have picked up markedly since the appointment of Graham Westley last month.

“A new manager comes in and it gives the team an impact,” assessed Caldwell.

“He changes the beliefs at the club, and they start to win games, which gives you confidence.

“It will be a difficult game for us.

“They’ll believe they can take something from the game.”

Latics will also be looking to improve on an away record that has seen them win only once on the road in six league outings this term.

“That’s something we’ve been trying to fix for weeks, and I think we have,” Caldwell added.

“We’ve won away at Crewe in the JPT and drawn another couple of league games, and it’s given us a bit of form in terms of not losing games.

“The challenge now is to turn that into wins, and we have to go again at Peterborough with the same intent we had on Saturday.”