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1 February 2016

Latics forward says the competition in the squad is driving training and performances to the next level.

  • “Competition is good.” – says Yanic Wildschut.
  • Former Middlesbrough man now looking to add more goals to his game.
  • 24-year-old confirms Will Grigg scored first goal against the Valiants.
Wigan Athletic forward Yanic Wildschut says that the strength in depth at the DW Stadium has taken training and match performance up another level in recent weeks.

Saturday’s 3-0 win over Port Vale saw new signings Sam Morsy and Ryan Colclough make their debuts from the bench as Latics extended their unbeaten run in Sky Bet League One to eight games.

With just two defeats in our last 22 league games, Latics have now closed to gap on the automatic promotion spots to just two points.

“Everybody is pleased about our results and everybody knows the competition is really good in the dressing room,” Wildschut explained. “Everyone wants to be involved in the next game and you can see that by the way the levels are going up in training and matches. 

“It is nice to be part of it and to see the group getting better and better every week – this is the time of the year where the prizes are up for grabs.

“The three points were the most important aim we had from the day but with other teams losing it proved to be a good weekend.

“It was good to get a win after the draw at Crewe which was a game we thought we should have won,” he continued. “In front of our own supporters, we wanted to keep our unbeaten run going and it was a good performance that we produced.

“I think we did well; I was pleased for the new players who came in and made their debuts, they were really good.”

Personally, Wildschut was pleased with his own performance in the 3-0 victory over Rob Page’s side, though he would like to add more goals to his game.

The Dutchman also added his thanks to supporters for their continued backing of him.

“I got back into a position that I like on the pitch and things went well for me,” Wildschut added. “I missed a chance to score again but it was good for my confidence that my actions are working again and now I just need to add some goals to my game.

“In the second-half I was playing in front of the East Stand and it was really nice to feel that appreciation of what I was doing; it gives me a boost and hopefully they will keep singing my name!”

Wildschut finished by confirming that Will Grigg should be awarded the first goal in Saturday’s win, stating that the Northern Ireland international got the final touch to his cross to give Latics the lead against the Valiants.

“The goal was definitely Will’s,” he continued. “It was nice for him to get a hat-trick, it is always good for strikers to score goals and Will is a real goal-scorer in our team.”

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