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WILDSCHUT PLEASED TO BE OFF THE MARK

6 October 2015

On loan midfielder delighted to open Latics account on first start for the club in 3-2 Johnstone’s Paint Trophy win at Crewe Alexandra.

  • Wildschut scores wonder goal to win it for Wigan Athletic at Crewe on first start.
  • Dutch midfielder says it was a “really nice” feeling to score the decisive goal at Gresty Road.
  • Yanic impressed by Latics fans.
Yanic Wildschut marked his first Wigan Athletic start in style as the midfielder, on loan from Middlesbrough, blasted Latics into the next round of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy with a thunderbolt of a strike to secure a 3-2 win against Crewe Alexandra at Gresty Road on Tuesday evening.

The former Netherlands youth international made his Latics debut from the bench in Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Walsall at the DW Stadium but he made his mark on Tuesday as a performance full of endeavour was rewarded with a fine goal to win the game for Gary Caldwell’s side.

Talking to LaticsPlayerHD afterwards, Wildschut said:

“It was my first goal for the club in an important moment also, at 2-2, because we had to win the game and I am pleased to score the goal.

“I picked the ball up just before the halfway line and I ran with it, I saw Holty [Grant Holt] run to the side to make some space for me, I wanted to go outside and run the defender with my pace but the defender was covering that a little bit so I just went inside, didn’t really think about it, shot and it went in and that was really nice.”

Wildschut admitted Latics weren’t at their best at Gresty Road, twice going behind, but he says the result was the most important thing, especially in a cup tie.

“We made it unnecessarily difficult for ourselves with individual mistakes and the penalty we missed but in the end we showed character and we won and that was the most important thing,” he added. “Now we recover this week and prepare for the next game.”

With two appearances inside his first five days as a Latics player, Wildshcut says he is pleased he is already getting the game time he came to the DW Stadium for, whilst he also praised the club’s fans as a following of just under 600 backed Gary Caldwell’s side to victory in South Cheshire.

“I came here to play games,” Wildschut continued. “I haven’t been playing a lot lately so I am happy to do that and very happy to be here.

“I think the fans were loud tonight; I was really happy with them because they cheered us up when we needed them at a certain point in the game when it wasn’t so lively. They kept singing, they were really good, and it helped tonight.”

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