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BOYCE HAPPY TO SEE CALDWELL BACK

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13:13 27th December 2012

by Nick Taylor

Caldwell return a vital part of season says stand-in Captain

Gary Caldwell made his first start since 3 December against Newcastle United when he featured in yesterday’s 2-1 defeat against Everton.

The 30-year-old had been side-lined with a hamstring injury but, looks to be back to full fitness.

Emmerson Boyce was pleased to see the Scotsman return.

“It was great to have Gary back in the team because he is our Captain and a vital body in defence that has been missing.

“He had a good game and it was good to see him back and with Ivan Ramis hopefully returning soon, we should be back to our full strength at the defence.

“We’re close to having the whole squad fit and we’re going to need that as we get further and further into the second half of the season.”

Boyce believes the bad luck of injuries and crucial decisions in games such as Shaun Maloney having a penalty claim turned down have been a hindrance to the team but, insisted that Latics must make their own luck and dig in to succeed.

“The Everton players weren’t appealing to say that Shaun had taken a dive so I didn’t really know what was going on.

“It looked like Shaun had been taken down and in terms of contact then it is similar to the one that went against us when we played Arsenal.

“These are the sorts of decisions that are going against us at the moment but, we’ve got to dust ourselves down as we always do and go again and we also have to start making our own luck now rather than rueing the bad luck.”

The 33-year-old remains confident that the team can pull together in typical Wigan Athletic style and soon move up the Barclays Premier League table.

“We’re frustrated at the moment because we can’t get stuck in a rhythm of performing well but not getting the results.

“Sooner or later we need to start picking up a good series of points because we have to be aiming to look at getting above teams rather than worrying about teams below us.

“We’re confident that the situation can change because we’ve done it before.

“If we can create more chances and take them then I’m confident that the rest of our game is good enough to win the upcoming matches.”

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