Caldwell focused on survival
Gary Caldwell has called on his Wigan Athletic team-mates to put their FA Cup exit behind them.
Last Updated: 20/02/11 4:28pm
Captain Gary Caldwell has called on his Wigan Athletic team-mates to put their FA Cup exit behind them and concentrate on Premier League survival.
The Latics suffered a 1-0 defeat at home to Bolton in a fourth round replay on Wednesday, with Ivan Klasnic scoring the only goal of the game.
Despite boss Roberto Martinez making nine changes, Caldwell insists Wigan had every intention of progressing but has now turned his sights elsewhere.
"Obviously it's a blow as we wanted to go as far as we could in the cup," Caldwell told the club's official website.
"But we've got to take it on the chin, re-group and concentrate on 11 huge [Premier League] games for the football club.
"We've got to concentrate on our own job and, come the 22nd May, we'll hopefully have enough points to stay in this league."
Wigan are 13 shy of the coveted 40-point barrier, widely thought to be enough to escape relegation, and host Manchester United next time out.
Caldwell added: "We've got a week off now and some good training where we can work hard as a group and get ready mentally and physically for the league leaders coming here, which will be a big test.
"Everyone on the outside world tells us who is going down and how many points are going to keep you up, but as a footballer you need to take it one game at a time.
"It's an old cliche but that's all you can do as you never know how many points it's going to be."
Caldwell suffered a fractured cheekbone earlier this month, an injury which has forced the centre-half to wear a protective mask.
The 28-year-old admits it can be a nuisance, but he is willing to play through the pain barrier in his side's fight for survival.
He said: "It's something the doctor said I've got to wear because of the injury but hopefully I can get rid of it as soon as possible, but if it gets me on the park then I'll wear it.
"I wore it in training and it was okay but in games it does affect your peripheral vision slightly but, like I said, if it gets me on the pitch to contribute then I'll do anything I can for the team."