GARY Caldwell believes Wigan Athletic have now set their ‘minimum standard’ after recording their maiden victory of the season with a one-sided destruction of Scunthorpe at the DW.
After two defeats and a draw, Latics burst into life with a masterful display that will have sent out real shockwaves through the rest of League One, 3-0 the final score which hugely flattered the visitors.
From the moment penalty king Will Grigg opened the scoring from the spot with only three minutes gone, there was only ever going to be one winner.
Centre-back Donervon Daniels added number two - Wigan’s first goal from open play - just before the half-hour mark with a cool finish.
And Craig Davies, who was outstanding on his first start for the club, made it three with a real striker’s goal at the three-quarter mark.
“I’ve said to the players - that has to be our standard now,” gushed Caldwell.
“That was the best performance since I’ve been in charge, without a doubt.
“We signalled our intent right from the off, we played from the back, we mixed things up very well.
“We can’t fall below that in terms of the way we want to play, the bravery on the ball, the quality on the ball, the work-rate to get the ball.
“That has to be our minimum standard now.
“And we can build on that and go even further. There’s still a long way to go.”
Caldwell reserved special praise for Davies, whose addition to the side brought out an extra dimension in strike partner Grigg, who had run his blood to water this term with limited support up top.
“We played two strikers for the first time and they were unplayable at times,” added the Latics chief.
“We’ve had to be patient because Craig’s had a little injury since he’s come in, and we’ve tried to manage that and getting him up to speed.
“He showed what a threat he can be in this league, and I thought he gave Will a lot of space to use his clever runs and his quality.”
Another plus for Caldwell was Jason Pearce coming through 90 minutes for the Development Squad for the first time since picking up a leg injury at the start of pre-season training.
The ex-Leeds man has reported no after-effects, and Caldwell confirmed he will be in the squad to travel to Gillingham on Saturday.