Caldwell: We won’t throw in the towel

Gary Caldwell won't give up fighting
Gary Caldwell won't give up fighting

GARY Caldwell is adamant Wigan Athletic will continue to give their all until it’s ‘mathematically impossible’ to avoid relegation to League One.

Realistically, Latics have to win each of their three remaining matches – and rely on results elsewhere going their way – to have any chance of pulling off their greatest of Great Escapes following Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat at Millwall.

This is a low point in the club’s history, but we are working hard and I think they can see there is hope for the future and we’ll keep working hard to get it right

Gary Caldwell

It is a tall order, especially as they haven’t won at home in nearly eight months, and they have promotion-chasing Wolves and Brentford still to play.

But Caldwell insists the season will not be allowed to descend into a damp squib.

“We won’t be throwing in the towel until it’s mathematically impossible,” the Latics boss said.

“We’ll prepare properly for Brighton on Saturday, we’ll give it everything we’ve got and we’ll try to keep it going for as long as we can.

“We’ll try to take it to the last game of the season, and then you never know.

“Saturday is my first home game at the club, and obviously I want to get off to a winning start and start to build on something for the future.

“This is a low point in the club’s history, but we are working hard and I think they can see there is hope for the future and we’ll keep working hard to get it right.”

Latics once again paid a high price for profligacy in front of goal at Millwall, missing three clear-cut chances to take the lead before the Lions took control.

“It’s something we’ve struggled with for some time,” the Scot recognised.

“When we manage to go in front we are a different team.

“When you’re chasing a game it’s obviously more difficult.

“We need to be more clinical when we get those opportunities, and take the lead in games.

“When you’re in front, and controlling the game with possession, it becomes a lot easier.

“Again it’s something we need to work on – there’s a whole host of things we need to work on.

“But the players we’ve got, with the application they’ve been showing, I’ve no doubt they’ll be willing to do that.”

Caldwell will be seeking his first win as Latics boss at the third attempt against the Seagulls, and he admits it’s been an interesting first week in charge.

“I’m still loving the job,” he revealed. “It’s highs and lows, and the lows are much lower than they were as a player.

“But it’s good that I have the opportunity to do something about it, to try to change the mindset of the club.

“While I’ve only been in the job for a short period of time, I know what I want to do, and I’ll be working very hard with my staff - who’ve been excellent - to help me do that.” Youngster Tim Chow was a surprise inclusion on the bench at Millwall, just a fortnight after being released by the club.

The 21-year-old looks to have been given a reprieve following the appointment of Caldwell, who reckons the midfielder could yet have a future at the DW.

“Tim’s someone I’ve admired for a long time, and he’s the type of player we want at this club,” added Caldwell.

“He’s honest, hard-working, and he wants to improve and get better.

“He deserved his place on the bench and I’m sure he’ll get more time on the pitch in the future.”