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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Caldwell has escape plan for Latics

Middlesbrough's Adam Clayton challenges Wigan's James Perch
Middlesbrough's Adam Clayton challenges Wigan's James Perch

Gary Caldwell wants to be part of another great escape at Wigan and has refused to write off their dwindling survival chances.

The 32-year-old Scot takes charge of Latics for the first time tonight, at fellow strugglers Fulham, hoping to claw back some of the eight-point deficit between themselves and safety. With five games remaining, even victory may not be enough to prevent them from relegation.

Latics made a habit of staying up against the odds during the defender's playing days and Caldwell hopes to emulate their 2012 run-in which saw them defeat Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal to beat the drop.

"Having played here in the great survivals of the Premier League era, I believe that nothing's impossible," he said at his unveiling as Malky Mackay's successor. "There were times when we were down and out. I think of the run we went on when we beat Liverpool, Man Utd, Arsenal - they are things that at the time seemed like miracles. It can happen and we still believe it can."

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