Wigan Athletic boss Gary Caldwell was thrilled with his side’s dominating 4-1 victory away to Swindon on Good Friday.

A brace from star striker Will Grigg and two spectacular finishes from Max Power and Sam Morsy saw The Latics secure a vital three points, in their push for promotion to the Championship.

With none of their immediate League One rivals playing on Friday, Wigan had the opportunity to gain ground on league leaders Burton Albion with a victory against playoff-hopefuls Swindon Town at the County Ground.

A dominant opening spell for The Latics culminated in Wigan’s top scorer Will Grigg firing his side into an early lead from a Chris McCann cross in the 15th minute. Whilst the score remained close heading into the second half, a rampant four minutes coming out of halftime saw Wigan devastate Swindon with three quick goals to stun The Robins.

The only negative for Wigan in the match was their inability to keep a clean sheet, with League One top scorer Nicky Ajose slipping behind The Latics’ defence before slotting home a consolation goal for Swindon towards the end of the match.

After the final whistle sounded, a clearly joyous Latics boss Gary Caldwell spoke to Wigan’s club website, addressing his thoughts on his side’s emphatic victory:

“We placed a lot of emphasis on playing on the front foot and being really aggressive and trying to kill the game off and, to be fair to the boys, they were outstanding in the second-half,

“It was all about the energy, their desire to win the ball back and that was the most pleasing thing.”

Having dropped points from winning positions against Peterborough and Colchester in recent weeks, Caldwell was pleased to see his team kill the game off with clinical finishing early in the second half:

“The finishing was clinical and it was a devastating 10-minute spell.

“I think we had a lesson at Colchester two weeks ago when we were one-goal up and we started sloppy in the second-half and paid the price.”

Wigan’s midfield three of Sam Morsy, Max Power and David Perkins dominated proceedings in the centre of the pitch, and were commended by Caldwell for their excellent work:

“I thought Sam, Max and Perks were excellent in midfield; the way they played, the way they pressed them and put them under pressure was pleasing. Swindon’s midfield won’t have had a harder game than that this season.”
 However, despite the euphoria that comes with such a dominating win, Caldwell remained humble and determined, recognising that The Latics must shift their attention to their crucial home clash with Rochdale on Monday:
“I said to the players that we have achieved three points and nothing more,
“We have to recover and do the right things to be ready for Monday.”
A vocal Wigan fanbase that travelled in large numbers also warranted special praise from Caldwell:
“It was incredible to see the supporters here in such big numbers again,
“The backing they give vocally is incredible and the players responded to that so we are delighted to send them on their long trip home, happy.”
Friday’s fixture saw Wigan complete their sixth set of back-to-back victories this season, however The Latics have yet to record three wins in a row this campaign. Facing Rochdale on Monday, Caldwell’s men will be looking to register their first set of three consecutive victories to put pressure on their promotion chasing rivals.

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