The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Ned Banks

GARY Cald­well is re­fus­ing to cel­e­brate any­thing just yet de­spite see­ing Wi­gan take their un­beaten league run to 11 games fol­low­ing vic­tory over Shrews­bury.

Alex Rev­ell’s first Wi­gan goal proved to be enough to lead the hosts to the win, with Sul­lay Kaikai com­ing clos­est for the Shrews only for Jussi Jaaske­lainen to keep his ef­fort out.

The Lat­ics last tasted de­feat on Septem­ber 12, but boss Cald­well is not about to get car­ried away any­time soon.

“It was com­pet­i­tive, but we ex­pect that ev­ery week now,” he said.

“We know that the com­pe­ti­tion in this league is fierce.

“We know we will get teams that come and ask us a lot of ques­tions and put us un­der a lot of pres­sure so it is an­other big win for us.

“We are dis­ap­pointed with the sec­ond half.We know as a team we can be bet­ter, but to win games and get on that run is such an im­por­tant thing in foot­ball.

“We have learned a lot since the start of the sea­son – ear­lier in the sea­son that might have caused us prob­lems and up­set us but I don’t think it did here.

“It is progress.We are win­ning games and it is a good habit to get into.

“We are still a long way away from achiev­ing what we want to do this sea­son.We will keep fo­cus­ing on the next game and try­ing to win that.”

Nei­ther side claimed con­trol in a fast-paced open­ing ten min­utes, with Mid­dles­brough loa­nee Yanic Wild­schut tee­ing up Max Power to fire over early on.

Wild­schut con­tin­ued to look me­nac­ing when cut­ting in from the left, but Wi­gan’s promis­ing start looked in dan­ger when Michael Ja­cobs was forced off in­jured af­ter 14 min­utes.

Nev­er­the­less the Lat­ics car­ried on and as Wild­schut at­tacked the box from the left, he crossed for Rev­ell to head home.

Wild­schut could have had an­other as­sist four min­utes later, but his low cross was scuffed by Will Grigg and then sent wide by Tim Chow.

On 70 min­utes Don­er­von Daniels sent a glanc­ing header just wide be­fore Kaikai fi­nally tested Jaaske­lainen at the other end from just in­side the box.

That was as close as the visi­tors came with man­ager Micky Mel­lon say­ing: “First half we prob­a­bly lacked a bit of be­lief, but we tweaked it and came away dis­ap­pointed that we have not got some­thing at a very good Wi­gan side.

“Of course we have lost but in terms of per­for­mance, fight, en­deav­our, and hon­esty – all the bril­liant qual­i­ties that you need – I could not fault them.

“It was huge im­prove­ment.We maybe lacked a bit of cut­ting edge in the fi­nal third that you need, but it was not to be here.

“There is an aw­ful lot of doom and gloom go­ing about.

“Yes, we have lost games but we are try­ing to build a team that is com­pet­i­tive and gives the club and fans some­thing to shout about.

“When you looked around the team here we looked a good side.”

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