Caldwell won’t go looking for ‘special formula’

Gary Caldwell
Gary Caldwell

GARY Caldwell insists there is no need for his players to try and find a ‘special formula’ to crack League One.

Latics head into Saturday’s clash with Crewe with four points from their opening four league games.

They stuttered last weekend with a loss to Gillingham after they appeared to have lift off with a thrashing of Scunthorpe.

But former player Caldwell says the pre-season promotion favourites don’t need to go searching for any other answer than hard work.

“Throughout my career you have highs and lows. There’s no special formula,” he said.

“There’s nothing different you can do but work hard in training to put it right.

“Football is football. I don’t get this League One, or Premier League or Champions League – it’s the same game.

“The same pitch, one ball, two teams of 11. I don’t get how it can be so different in League One to the Premier League or the Championship for that matter.

“It’s a game of football. 
You still have to do the fundamentals right. You still have to pass the ball, work hard, tackle – it’s the same game and we have to get round that.”

Caldwell is confident he has the personnel to get Wigan’s campaign on the move and insists he has seen positive signs even in the matches they have failed to take points from.

Latics were within reach of their opponents in last Saturday’s trip to the Priestfield Stadium until Bradley Dack’s second goal with eight minutes remaining – and the boss was happy with their efforts.

“The good thing from my point of view is we have a great group of players,” said Caldwell.

“The application even on Saturday was first class.

“To go a goal behind but then play the way we did, put the effort in , trying to get back into the game, I can’t fault their application.

“I don’t think we have to change because we’re in League One or the Premier League. It’s the same game.”