We won’t sacrifice style - Caldwell

Gary Caldwell
Gary Caldwell

GARY Caldwell says Wigan Athletic will continue to play their way out of trouble – no matter who provides the opposition.

Latics recovered from an undeserved defeat at Chelsea to see off champions Manchester United in some style in midweek. Rather than the cat-and-mouse approach favoured by so many of the lower sides against top opposition, Latics played their normal passing game and were rewarded when Shaun Maloney curled home a magnificent winning goal at the start of the second half.

Next up for Latics is tonight’s potentially daunting trip to Arsenal.

But Caldwell insists there will be no thoughts in the visiting ranks to shut up ship and play for a point.

“I think we have to go there with the same attitude we’ve had for the last few weeks, with a desire to work hard and be a real hard team to play against,” Caldwell said.

“And when we do have the ball, we’ll then have to try and pass the ball and play it the way we like to.

“In recent weeks we’ve gone into every game believing we can win the game.

“We went to Chelsea and really had a go, but didn’t get what we deserved at the end.

“We took that into Wednesday and, with the home crowd behind us, picked up a massive, massive result.

“It’s going to be hard again at Arsenal, but we don’t fear anyone playing the way we are at the moment.”

Caldwell enjoyed Wednesday’s victory over United as much as the next man – but he recognises it will only mean something if Latics go on to avoid the drop.

“Obviously the club had never previously picked up so much as a point against Manchester United in all the years it’s been in the Premier League,” he explained.

“And to be able to do it in the situation we’re in – and also the situation Manchester United are in, going for the championship, is a huge achievement.

“But it’s something we have to try and build on now – and we’re all determined to do that.”