Wigan boss Gary Caldwell was pleased with three points against Shrewsbury as his team stretched their unbeaten run to eleven games in SkyBet League One.
A fifth consecutive clean sheet at DW Stadium meant the Latics’ ended the weekend just four points off leaders Coventry at the top of the league.
It was Alex Revell’s goal, on his home debut, that proved the difference between the sides on what is a busy week for all in the league.
Caldwell praised his team’s character to come through another difficult test against the struggling Shrews, but was still disappointed in some aspects of the team’s performance.
“I said before the game that there are no easy games in this league,” he said.
“It proved to be the case again because Shrewsbury came with a plan; they came to frustrate, they got in our faces, made tackles and were awkward to play against.”
The manager was full of praise for Revell and his all-round performance, calling his home debut ‘outstanding’.
The only sour note was an injury picked up by Michael Jacobs in the first-half, and Caldwell will wait and see the situation with the former Wolves man who, along with David Perkins and Reece James, is one of just three league ever-presents for his side.
“Michael took a bang on the knee,” Caldwell said.
“We’re not sure how serious it is but he was struggling to come back on so that’s the one negative of the day because he is a big player for us.”
Again however Caldwell concluded that there is always room for improvement and that the recent good form means nothing at this point in the season.
“I am disappointed with the second half,” he said.
“We know we can be better but we are working hard for the clean sheets.
On the fifth straight clean sheet at home, a record for the club, the manager was typically pragmatic.
“Records are obviously great if you can get them but we are still a long way away from what we want to achieve this season,” he said.
On a busy week for all league clubs, Burton visit the DW on Tuesday night in what is an important game for both sides, with the Brewers only a point behind Wigan in the table.
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