Latics turned on the style demolishing a sorry looking Colchester United side by five goals to nil at the DW Stadium.
Three goals to the good inside the first 15 minutes, the Latics added a fourth just after the half hour mark and were in total control of the game.
Neat passing, off the ball movement and composed football were the foundations of the victory as Gary Caldwell’s team built on the promising signs of earlier displays this season and destroyed their opponents in a game that saw an end to four successive drawn league games with an emphatic win.
Donervon Daniels with two goals, a Max Power effort and a brace from leading scorer Will Grigg were the men who did the damage, though in fairness it was a real team display and all fourteen players who took to the field played their part.
After the game both bosses spoke to the media, let’s take a look at what they had to say:
Latics boss Gary Caldwell – ‘I am delighted’
‘We had a big talk after Bury and we put our emphasis on our attacking threat and our intent from the first whistle, making sure we are not going in 2-0 down.
‘Today I thought we were outstanding from the first minute to the last; we showed the quality we have, we played in the right areas, we caused them all sorts of problems with the front players we have, both those from the start and then off the bench with the impact they made, I couldn’t fault anybody on the pitch.
‘The intent, not just the finishing, of the people who put themselves in the box, the people who ran forwards and the passes we put forwards was brilliant.
‘We didn’t lump it forwards, we played in the way we want to play – with a more positive outlook – and I thought we were devastating in those first 15 minutes.
‘There is still room for improvement; I think it could have been more than five, that’s good, though, we’ve still got things we can work on and improve and that can only bode well.’
Gary Caldwell giving the ‘Thumbs Up’
By permission of Bernard Platt/Wigan Athletic
Colchester United boss Tony Humes – ‘Wigan clicked but we didn’t deal with them as a team and that was the disappointing thing.
‘We didn’t stop them playing as a team 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 players weren’t.
‘We were on the backfoot from the very start and it was difficult to get back into the game.
‘They started very well and they obviously wanted to attack us.
‘The only thing you can say is that we tried to keep going as well as we could do in difficult circumstances and we tried to pass the ball which we did better in the second half but when you’re 4-0 down, it’s difficult.’
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This week’s crew in the studio are Gareth, Adam, Kathryn, Rob, Simon and Barry.
We start off with the Bury ‘Off The Terrace’ report and the stats from the game.
What a game again for the travelling support, two goals, Grant Holt and Cisco Junior, no beer on sale, Flitcroft bemoaning the referee and Leon Barnett in comedy fall, it’s all here.
We have Colchester at the DW Stadium on Saturday, Kathryn steps in for the poorly Dan and delivers his preview, in typical Dan style.
Simon gives us the bookies odds, this one is all about the Latics.
Peterborough away on Tuesday and Barry’s done a preview, he’s also making the long trip and hoping for the win!
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