All’s well at Wi­gan if Gary’s in charge

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Dan Gil­lott

IF WI­GAN can har­ness Gary Cald­well’s op­ti­mism then they will be dead cer­tain­ties for pro­mo­tion, but the re­build­ing job at the DW Sta­dium re­mains in progress on the ev­i­dence of the cam­paign so far.

A dis­ap­point­ing de­feat in the Cap­i­tal One Cup at home to Bury fol­lowed the loss to Coven­try last week, which was a grim way to mark their first fix­ture in League One for 12 years.

It has been some comedown for the 2013 FA Cup win­ners, but in fair­ness man­ager Cald­well is still fine-tun­ing his squad – his loan cap­ture of the young Tot­ten­ham striker Shaquile Coulthirst last week was his 16th sign­ing of a very busy sum­mer so far.

He’s also brought in Jussi Jaaske­lainen, in­stantly adding a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence to his goal­keep­ing ranks, yet it’s up front where Cald­well is promis­ing vast im­prove­ment.

“I knew it wouldn’t hap­pen overnight. There are a lot of new faces and a lot of peo­ple still get­ting to grips with hav­ing a new club,” he said.

“It will hap­pen – I think you can see signs of im­prove­ment and we’ll keep work­ing hard on the train­ing pitch.

“Once it all clicks into gear for us we’ll be a re­ally ex­cit­ing team.”

Don­caster them­selves are go­ing into the game on a big high af­ter win­ning a penalty shoot-out to set­tle a nerve-jan­gling Cap­i­tal One Cup tie against Leeds United in mid­week.

For­ward Dany N’Gues­san re­mains a doubt af­ter miss­ing the Leeds game due to a foot in­jury, though there could be re­turns for Paul Kee­gan and Richard Chap­low.

But one near-cer­tainly on the teamsheet is Andy Wil­liams – a player that Don­caster man­ager Paul Dickov ad­mits has been a rev­e­la­tion since his ar­rival from Swin­don.

“The more Wil­liams is in the team and his fit­ness gets up and the more he plays with the James Cop­pingers, the Richie Wel­lens, the Harry For­resters he will do re­ally well for us, be­cause his move­ment is fan­tas­tic,” said the 42-year-old Rovers boss.

“It’s eas­ier to lift your­self up for Wi­gan when you’ve won the game.”


MS Donca


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