Caldwell: Let’s finish the week in style

Gary Caldwell has seen his side score eight goals in their last two games
Gary Caldwell has seen his side score eight goals in their last two games

GARY Caldwell has challenged Wigan Athletic to round off a perfect week in style with three more points at Bradford tomorrow.

Latics travel to West Yorkshire looking for their third win in the space of seven days, after seeing off Colchester last weekend and Peterborough in midweek.

The back-to-back wins have extended their unbeaten sequence to eight matches, and lifted them up to seventh in the League One table – one point off the play-offs.

“We’re on a run now,” the Latics chief acknowledged.

“That’s eight games unbeaten, and the challenge is to keep it going.

“We’re four unbeaten away from home, having won two of the last three.

“While we’d like it to have been more comfortable than it was at Peterborough – and probably should have been – it’s progress in terms of the results.”

Wigan’s resurgence has been underpinned by the return to full fitness of strikers Will Grigg, Grant Holt and Craig Davies which, with Jordy Hiwula also champing at the bit for a start, has given the boss an embarrassment of riches up front.

Grigg has been preferred for the lone frontman role in the last two games, and his combination with Yanic Wildschut and Michael Jacobs has given the side a real cutting edge.

“I thought the link-up play between the front three was excellent at Peterborough,” gushed Caldwell.

“And in the second half when Grant and Craig came on, they showed the qualities – different qualities – they have in terms of holding it up.

“We’ve got plenty of options, we’ll assess them, and look to see what we need to do for Saturday.”

l A limited number of tickets remain for tomorrow’s trip to Bradford, with almost 1,000 having been snapped up.

Once they have gone, fans without tickets will be able to pay on the day priced £25 adults, £15 Over-60s, £15 students, £10 Ages 11-15, £5 Under-11s.

l Latics have been shortlisted for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy ‘Team of the Round’ award thanks to their 3-2 victory at Crewe early this month.

Jordy Hiwula twice fired Latics back on level terms before a wonder-goal from Yanic Wildschut secured their passage into round three.

Oxford United and Sheffield United have also been nominated for the award.

The winning team will be selected by a panel of judges over the coming days and will receive a trophy as well as a supply of Johnstone’s Paint to utilise on a club project.

l Chris Sang has won September’s League Football Education ‘Goal of the Month’ award for his tidy finish to a superb team move in the Under-18s’ 3-0 win over Port Vale.