Forward revels in match-winning performance as Latics secure promotion to the Sky Bet Championship with 4-0 win over Blackpool.
- “That’s what we’ve wanted from the start,” says Wildschut.
- Forward feels success only confirms Latics have been Sky Bet League One’s best team this season.
- 24-year-old says Latics are now excited to take on the Championship.
Granted Gary Caldwell’s side were superb in the second-half, but Wildschut’s pace from the bench proved too much for the Blackpool defence and his double contributed to a 4-0 win.
“This is what we wanted from the start and to get it now is such a good feeling, especially with the fans who travelled in such big numbers – to celebrate with them was beautiful,” Wildschut said.
“It was a crazy feeling, the best feeling ever, you want to score goals and especially ones that are important and help us to secure in promotion.
“To do it on the side where the fans were as well, and to get a brace, that made it a beautiful day for me.
“The fans have always supported me, they were singing my song and I am pleased to give them something back.”
After a difficult first 45 minutes on the seaside, Latics bounced back in style with Wildschut at the heart of the success Caldwell’s side had as the game wore on.
And he was delighted to make an impact off the bench again.
“You always know when you come off the bench that you have to do your thing,” he added. “It was difficult in the first-half and in the changing room we felt it was probably the worst we have played so things could only get better.
“When the goals came, it was easy and we deserved to win.”
Barring an unprecedented goal swing on the final day of the season, and both Latics losing and Burton winning, Latics will be crowned Sky Bet League One champions.
Something Wildschut feels his side have richly deserved.
“Of course the results help but the atmosphere in the club and in the dressing room is so good and I think we deserve to win because we have the best team in the league,” Wildschut explained. “That is why I came here; I genuinely thought we could win the league and it looks as if that is going to be the case.”
“These are the moments you play football for; it is all about the prizes and this is a massive one.