Cald­well purring at five-star dis­play

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Michael Hen­son By Jon Wal­dron

BURY man­ager David Fl­itcroft be­lieves his side now need to fo­cus on turn­ing draws into vic­to­ries af­ter see­ing his side’s goal­less stalemate with lo­cal ri­vals Rochdale at Gigg Lane.

Rochdale goal­keeper Josh Lil­lis was in im­pres­sive form, pulling off nu­mer­ous good saves to en­sure Bury failed to score for the first time in the league this sea­son and Fl­itcroft was full of praise for the 28-year old.

“We’ve spo­ken to them af­ter the game and said how do we now turn that point into three,” he said.“That’s the most im­por­tant part of our learn­ing curve in League One.

“The last two weeks, cer­tainly Wi­gan and to­day, of how we progress and turn one point into three.

“We all want that, we’re all fight­ing for that. It re­ally is the next part of the pro­gres­sion that con­sis­tently we’re com­pet­ing and get­ting three points.

“Rob Lain­ton has had one shot to save where the ball pea-rolled through to him, where Josh Lil­lis has had three or four very good saves.

“The one off Leon Clarke is top drawer. Leon is in there frus­trated that he’s not con­verted that, it’s a fan­tas­tic ball by Danny Mayor.”

The first big chance of the game fell to the away side in the 11th minute as Pe­ter Vin­centi latched onto Lewis Alessandra’s cross, but it was straight at Bury goal­keeper Rob Lain­ton.

The Shak­ers re­sponded well and could have been ahead shortly be­fore the half­time whis­tle.

Leon Clarke and Tom Soares were both foiled at the back post by Lil­lis in quick suc­ces­sion as the Rochdale keeper kept his clean sheet in­tact.

Both goal­keep­ers were in­volved in the thick of the ac­tion in the sec­ond half with Lain­ton deny­ing Vin­centi again with an­other good save be­fore Lil­lis pulled off the save of the game late on.

Mayor lofted the ball to the back post and Clarke rose above his marker and headed to­wards the top cor­ner, only to see his ef­fort tipped over by the im­pres­sive Lil­lis to en­sure this north west derby ended in a goal­less draw.

Rochdale man­ager Keith Hill be­lieves there are things his side could have done bet­ter, but stated that he was en­cour­aged with the clean sheet af­ter Lil­lis’ im­pres­sive per­for­mance.

“I’m not too sure if it was de­fences on top or goal­keep­ers on top, it’s too soon af­ter the game,” he said.

“I think any team could have won it in the end. Every­thing is mar­ginal in foot­ball, you’re look­ing for the first goal and you’re look­ing not to con­cede the first goal. I’m en­cour­aged by the clean sheet. There’s things we can do bet­ter though.

“There is a lit­tle bit of lack of con­fi­dence when com­po­sure is needed. I think we took a lot of good things in pos­ses­sion out of the Sh­effield United game, but we’ve worked more de­fen­sively this week.

“In re­spects of the over­all game, am I happy with the point? I sup­pose so, I don’t think there was an aw­ful lot be­tween the two sides.” GARY Cald­well praised his clin­i­cal Wi­gan Ath­letic side af­ter they put Colch­ester United to the sword at the DW Sta­dium in a one-sided game.

The ram­pant Lat­ics were 3-0 up in­side 15 min­utes and went on to record a com­pre­hen­sive vic­tory over the U’s, who slumped to a third suc­ces­sive de­feat as their poor run con­tin­ued.

A beam­ing Cald­well said:“I’m de­lighted.We had a big talk af­ter the Bury game and the em­pha­sis was on at­tack­ing threat and I thought we were out­stand­ing from the first minute un­til last.

“We showed our qual­ity - we played in the right ar­eas and caused them all sorts of prob­lems with our front play­ers that we had on the pitch, along with the play­ers we had on the bench and the im­pact that they can have.

“I think it could have been more than five – there’s still things we need to work on and that can only be good for the squad.”

Wi­gan were su­perb in the first half and ran Colch­ester ragged at times with some elec­tric at­tack­ing play, to which the vis­i­tors had no an­swer.

They took a fifth-minute lead when Yanic Wild­schut’s cross was par­ried by Colch­ester keeper Jamie Jones into the path of Don­er­von Daniels, who tapped in.

The Lat­ics dou­bled their ad­van­tage soon af­ter when Max Power’s lon­grange ef­fort looped off Alex Gil­bey and over the stranded Jones. And Daniels slot­ted low past Jones from close range to make it 3-0, in the 15th minute.

Wi­gan added a fourth six min­utes be­fore half­time when Will Grigg calmly slot­ted home from David Perkins’ as­sist.

The Lat­ics were not as pro­lific in the sec­ond half but al­though Jussi Jaaske­lainen de­nied Marvin Sordell, the Wi­gan keeper was largely un­trou­bled.

Lat­ics sub­sti­tute Grant Holt drove wide be­fore Grigg wrapped up their win with three min­utes re­main­ing when he fin­ished de­light­fully from sub­sti­tute Don­ald Love’s pass, as the hosts ran out com­pre­hen­sive win­ners.

Colch­ester boss Tony Humes ad­mit­ted his side failed to deal with their pro­lific hosts.

He said:“Wi­gan clicked but we didn’t deal with them as a team and that was the dis­ap­point­ing thing.

“We didn’t stop them play­ing when we had the op­por­tu­nity to and we were a yard off the pace.

“We didn’t start well and when you’re play­ing against good play­ers, you have to be at the top of your game and too many of our play­ers weren’t.

“We have to work as hard as we can as a group to get back to the sort of form that saw us win four games in a row and it’s about stick­ing to­gether as a team.”

PIC: Pro Sport

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