GARY CALDWELL is urging his Wigan players to believe in themselves.
The former Celtic and Scotland skipper saw his side lose 1-0 against Brighton at the weekend to remain second bottom of the Championship.
Caldwell was concerned that his team failed to score for the fifth time in their last seven matches.
He said: “We’re very disappointed again. I felt up until their goal, we played well and then after it I was a bit disappointed.
“We got a little bit anxious, the crowd got anxious and then our play went to pieces after that.
“I couldn’t ask for much more other than that bit of belief from the players in their own ability.”
Dale Stephens got the second-half winner with a 25-yard effort and Caldwell moaned: “There’s always something you can do to prevent a goal.
“I think we can get out to the cross, we can have more bodies on the edge of the box to stop the shot, but it’s quality and you’ve got to give Stephens the credit because he come on as substitute, got that one chance and took it.”
Yanic Wildschut was a surprise absentee from Latics’ squad, but Caldwell revealed afterwards the unavoidable reason why the Dutchman missed out.
He added: “Yanic’s wife gave birth overnight, so he was up with her all night and wasn’t available.
“Obviously, there’s nothing you can do about that, but I think he would really have been a threat in this game. He was meant to start and we had to change that in the morning.”