Gary Caldwell: Wigan defender targets Wembley return in play-offs

Gary Caldwell

Wigan will use their FA Cup semi-final defeat by Arsenal as their inspiration to win promotion, says Gary Caldwell.

Caldwell was one of two players who failed to net their spot-kicks as the holders were beaten 4-2 on penalties.

Uwe Rosler's side are fifth in the Championship and aiming to return to Wembley for the play-off final in May.

"That disappointment and hurt can spur us on and get us over the line in the league," Scotland defender Caldwell told BBC Radio Manchester.

The 32-year-old came on as a substitute to make his first appearance of the season after almost a year out with injury, but both he and on-loan midfielder Jack Collison saw their efforts saved by Arsenal goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski in Saturday's shoot-out.

The Latics now have five games left to secure their place in the play-offs, starting with a home game against Reading on Friday.

"If we get back to Wembley, I don't think there are many teams that are going to want to play us there," said goalkeeper Scott Carson.

And full-back Emmerson Boyce added: "That [promotion] our aim now and we're determined to do it.

"We defended the cup proudly, got to the semi-finals and we held our own against a very good Arsenal team. We're determined to go back again at the end of the season and win the play-off final."