Cald­well’s troops don tin hats to se­cure win

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Richard Gar­nett

GARY CALD­WELL says his team’s spirit saved the day as Wi­gan edged out Fleet­wood Town at the DW Sta­dium.

Goals ei­ther side of half-time from Jor­dan Flores and Michael Ja­cobs put the Lat­ics in a su­perb po­si­tion af­ter dom­i­nat­ing for long pe­ri­ods.

Fleet­wood re­sponded ten min­utes into the sec­ond pe­riod through Tyler Hornby-Forbes but could not find an equaliser - to the re­lief of Cald­well.

He said:“The first 55 min­utes to an hour I thought we were ex­cel­lent. We passed the ball very well, gave them lots of prob­lems in mid­field with our shape and con­trolled the game and should have been more in front.

“That’s a les­son we have to learn. At 2-0 the game is never over and you can’t al­low teams back into the game like we did but we want to fo­cus on that first part and use that to be taken for­ward.

“We put our­selves un­der pres­sure but we showed our char­ac­ter again when we had to dig in and put our tin hats on and fight for the three points and ev­ery­one did that.”

The Lat­ics took a de­served lead seven min­utes be­fore the break when the visi­tors failed to deal with a Ja­cobs cross and Flores was on hand to smash the ball into the net from 12 yards on his home de­but.

Wi­gan ex­tended their lead im­me­di­ately af­ter half-time when Ja­cobs ex­pertly con­verted a low cross from Reece James.

The Cod Army pulled one back on the hour when An­toni Sarce­vic saw his free-kick pro­pel into the air off the wall be­fore Hornby-Forbes re­acted quick­est to volley home from close range.

Wi­gan were pushed fur­ther back and Jamie Proc­tor flashed a header just wide with 20 min­utes to play, as Fleet­wood smelt blood.

Sanmi Odelusi saw a close-range ef­fort blocked be­fore the sub­sti­tute mis­cued clean through on goal with just four min­utes to play.

At the death, David Ball scram­bled a shot wide from six yards for Fleet­wood as the Lat­ics sur­vived six min­utes of time added on for the win. Fleet­wood man­ager Graham Alexan­der said: “We didn’t com­pete at the level we ex­pect for the first 55 min­utes and by then you’re 2-0 down and it’s a hill to climb.

“The play­ers to their credit did their best to do that and got close, but we’d al­ready put our­selves on the back foot by our per­for­mance level in the first 55 min­utes.

“No mat­ter what you do, if you’re just go­ing to give goals away you’re go­ing to put your­self in trou­ble and that’s what we did. It’s not the first time so it’s some­thing that we have to re­ally work hard on.”

STAR MAN MICHA

EL JA­COB

S Wi­gan

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