ANDY Kellett believes Wigan Athletic’s demolition of Blackpool in midweek sent out a real statement regarding the strength in depth at the DW Stadium.
He’s hoping boss Gary Caldwell took notice – and keeping his fingers crossed he’s retained his spot in the starting XI for tomorrow’s televised trip to Rochdale.
“It was nice for the side to come back and get a result after the defeat at Bury at the weekend,” he told the Evening Post.
“Quite a few of the lads who haven’t played too many times this season came in and hopefully put themselves in contention for a place this weekend.
“Because the squad is so big, it’s going to be the case that some of the lads are not going to be playing as much as we’d maybe like.
“When the opportunity comes, you’ve got to be ready to take it – and I think we showed that against Blackpool.”
Not that Kellett is complaining at his lack of game-time.
“To be fair, apart from the Bury game, the team has been getting results so we can’t really complain about not being in there,” he recognised.
“I thought I did all right on my last opportunity in the last round of the JPT at Crewe, but then I got injured, and I’ve had to wait for the chance to get back in.
“I’ve started to work my way back in to the squad, and hopefully the next step is to get back in the regular starting spot.”
Kellett received the man-of-the-match award from the sponsors on Tuesday night – but reckons there’s even more to come.
“To be fair I was a little bit disappointed with my own performance,” he revealed.
“I felt like I could have done a lot more – I can give more to the team.
“I was actually blowing after 10 minutes, to be honest! It’s all about getting back up to speed with the game, and I was struggling at first.
“Thankfully it got easier as I got in to it.”
The 22-year-old had the crowd on its feet in the first half when a mazy run took him to the edge of the penalty area. However, after turning down the option of shooting, he ran down a blind alley and the chance had gone.
“I’ve been shouted at by everyone after that run!” Kellett laughed.
“The gaffer thought I should have taken the shot.
“I also got a rollocking off my dad when I got home because he wanted me to shoot.
“I don’t know what happened. I just think maybe I tried to be a bit clever.
“You’ve got to learn from these things and that’s just what I aim to do.
“I do like attacking more than I like defending, although I have been working on the defending side.
“Attacking-wise I’ve always been fine, although I have been criticised in the past for my defensive work.”
After mixed fortunes in the cups over the last seven days, Latics are now back in league combat with a short trip to Rochdale for a lunchtime shoot-out in front of the Sky cameras.
“It’s going to be a tough game,” acknowledged Kellett.
“I went to watch them last weekend against Barnsley and they looked quite a good side.
“It’s be a test for us, but they’re all tests for us this season.
“We’re managing to dominate most of the games, I think people can see that.
“I don’t know what it is, but we just seem to be missing something in some of the games.
“We’re due to give a team a really good hiding sooner or later.
“Hopefully it will be this weekend.”