GARY Caldwell insists Wigan Athletic will ‘come back fighting’ following the midweek setback against Burton.
Latics encountered something of a speed-bump on a miserable night in every respect at the DW against a determined and well-organised Albion side.
Burton ended Wigan’s impressive run of 11 League One games without defeat, becoming the first visiting team to record a league win this season and the first to even score since Millwall in late September.
The result saw Latics drop back to fifth in the table, five points behind leaders Coventry, ahead of Saturday’s testing trip to Southend.
But Caldwell is adamant his side have it in them to handle the defeat, and embark on another positive run of results.
“In football, you don’t get anything easy,” the Wigan boss told the Evening Post.
“You always get setbacks along the way – and it’s how you deal with those setbacks.
“We’ve not had many in the league recently, and we have to deal with this and come out fighting at Southend.
“I believe in my players, that they’ll come back stronger for this and be better for it.
“We have to take Tuesday on the chin, dust ourselves down and come back fighting.”
Saturday’s game will be the third inside the space of a week for Caldwell’s men, against all three of last season’s promoted sides from League Two. After beating Shrewsbury and losing to Burton, each by the odd goal, Latics won’t have it easy down in Essex against a Shrimpers side who are unbeaten in four and thumped Oldham 5-2 on Tuesday.
“We know it’ll be another difficult game,” said Caldwell.
“We’ve said before that this league is full of teams that are honest and work very hard.
“We know we’ll have to be very organised and play better than we did on Tuesday if we want to win.”
Caldwell looks certain to shuffle his pack after fielding an unchanged team and bench for the Burton game.
Despite the heavy workload – and a massive injury doubt over Michael Jacobs – it’s not a selection decision he regrets.
“I thought we’d played well on Saturday against Shrewsbury,” he added.
“Michael was okay after taking the knock, and it gave us that balance in the side.
“I just feel our passing of late has dropped lately in terms of the man in possession, and it is something we have to improve on.”