GARY Caldwell recognised there was a certain inevitability about Leon Clarke sending his old club crashing out of the Capital One Cup on his return to Wigan.
Clarke spent a miserable spell on loan at the DW last season, mustering only one goal before being sent back early to parent club Wolves.
We were still trying to score a goal, when keeping possession and working the opposition would have been betterGary Caldwell
But the well-travelled hitman well and truly had the last laugh on his old club, scoring both goals in Bury’s 2-1 triumph at the DW Stadium.
“Fair play to him, you have to take off your hat to him,” acknowledged Caldwell, who had earlier seen his own centre-forward, Will Grigg, put Latics ahead.
“We didn’t fancy him, we sent him back, and he’s come back and put on a performance. He obviously had a point to prove, and he’s got two goals to his name.”
Latics had been good value for the lead given to them by Grigg’s penalty kick seconds after the restart, given for a foul by Peter Clarke on the excellent Michael Jacobs.
But Clarke equalised on the hour mark with a towering header, before converting a late penalty after Craig Morgan had fouled Bury’s Tom Pope.
And Caldwell was unhappy with his side for moving away from the game-plan that had been working so well.
“It’s bitterly disappointing again, for the players mainly who I thought did a lot of things well,” he added.
“We managed to get in front, but we didn’t manage the game well in that period.
“We were still trying to score a goal, when keeping possession and working the opposition would have been better.
“We had comfortable possession in full-back areas, but we kept trying to force it through the middle and allowed them back into a game that I don’t think they should have been allowed back into.”