Latics travel down to Millwall on Tuesday as they look to keep the promotion charge on course.
Just under 12 months ago we crashed to a two goal defeat in a highly charged game at the Den with both clubs fighting to avoid relegation from the Championship, the stakes were high that night and tempers boiled over with the Latics having Martyn Waghorn and Jason Pearce red carded, intimidation from both the home crowd and home players appeared to affect the referee and the Latics players and Millwall won the battle of the minds giving them the edge to be able to win the game.
This campaign the stakes are equally as high, both are chasing promotion, the Latics are in the boss seat occupying second spot, but Millwall will undoubtedly be keen to close the gap and put the pressure on us in the run in to the end of the season. Hopefully last year’s experience will help us come through the game unscathed this time round.
In the build up to the game Gary Caldwell has been speaking to the media, let’s take a look at what he’s been saying:
Latics boss Gary Caldwell – ‘It’s one of the toughest matches in our recent run of games, to be fair it’s one of the toughest matches we’ll face all season.
‘Going away to Millwall is never easy. They’re playing well and their results are good at the moment.
‘We’re two of the form teams in the league, so it sets us up for a very exciting and entertaining game.’
‘There’s an incredible contrast from where the club was at when we last visited Millwall to now, but I think we can learn a lot from that game.
‘Only two players that got on the pitch in that 2-0 defeat in April will be involved this time around, but what I learned from that experience will be brought across to the players in preparation for the game.
‘It’s been a whirlwind since that game and in one sense it feels like I’ve been in the job a lot longer, but in another it seems to have flown by.
‘There’s been a lot of hard work from a lot of people, but we’re nowhere near where we want to be just yet and we have to continue to progress and work hard to do that.’
‘We’re still focusing on ourselves and I’ve said all along that the league table only matters on May 8.
‘We concentrate on performance because we know if we get that right it’s going to get us the results we need. We concentrate on progressing as a team and I think we’ve done that all season.
‘Every game is important, you finish on a Saturday night and immediately the next game becomes the biggest game of the season. After the game on Tuesday we’ll be thinking exactly the same ahead of Peterborough, it’s that time of the season.’
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