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30 October 2015

Catch up with Yanic Wildschut ahead of Swindon.

  • Yanic Wildschut previews Latics v Swindon Town.
  • Latics enjoying home start to League One.
  • "Swindon won’t be underestimated", says Wildschut.
Speaking at a Wigan Athletic Community Trust Soccer School at Standish Community High School on Thursday afternoon, Yanic Wildschut took a moment out from the activities to preview Saturday’s Sky Bet League One clash with Swindon Town at the DW Stadium.

You can get Yanic’s thoughts on the event and some of the activities in the video below.

Talking football, Yanic began:

“The last two games have been very tough against teams who are very good at home, so it will be nice to be at the DW Stadium this weekend.

“We have a good home record so far and between the players and the fans, the feel good factor has worked both ways.

“It’s important to us as a group to make sure we produce results, especially at home, and we have to make sure our opponents are scared of coming to the DW.

“We need to make it difficult for teams to come here and get anything, if we have that mind set at home and match it with the qualities in the team, then I think we will be alright.”

Having arrived on loan from Middlesbrough at the beginning of the month, Wildschut says he’s delighted with how he’s settled in, not just at the club, but into his position within the team.

“At first I wondered how I would fit in because we were playing with wing backs and two up front, really my natural position is as a left winger.

“The last few games I have played out on the left and felt really comfortable.  I’ve had Reece (James) behind me who has created great spaces for me.  He’s sat deep to allow me to run on, and he’s also pushed high up the wing to allow me to drive inside.

“I think we’ve had a very good connection so far, as have all of the players because everyone is learning more about each other, what our strengths are and how to use them effectively.”

The 23-year-old, who turns 24 on Sunday, has scored twice for Latics so far, and says he wants more goals to follow, no matter how they come.

“I want to set the bar high for myself, but I know I can still improve on what I’m doing at the moment.

“People keep saying that the goals I’ve scored so far have been very good, but at the time I don’t really think about it.  After the game at Peterborough I watched the video back and thought ‘did I really do that’ because at the time it’s more instinct than anything else.

“That’s good to have as a winger and that’s how I like to play the game.  I hope I can score some more goals soon and I’ll take them however they come, but if I score some more nice ones like the two so far then I won’t be complaining.”

Watch Yanic's first goal for the club below, a spectacular strike against Crewe Alexandra.

On Saturday, Latics come up against a Swindon side sat 23rd in Sky Bet League One, but Wildschut says he and his team mates are well aware that it won’t be an easy contest.

“Sometimes the league table doesn’t show the full story.  Swindon are a good team who started the season well and have been unlucky with injuries recently.

“We’ve played Crewe twice already this season, they’re struggling, but they have given us two very competitive games so far, so that’s been proof to us that you shouldn’t take much notice of where an opponent is in the table.

“We’ll never underestimate opponents, but we go into every game with our own qualities and we know what we’re capable of.

“We just want to show everybody what we can do; ideally we want every game to be like the Colchester game, but in this league that’s not going to happen.

“League One is tough, but if we keep growing as a team then we’ll achieve what everybody wants to achieve come the end of the season.”

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