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WILDSCHUT: “THE MANAGER TOLD ME I WOULD SCORE THE WINNER”

20 February 2016

Yanic tells LaticsPlayer HD that boss Gary Caldwell told him yesterday he would score the winner at the Banks’s Stadium.

  • Wildschut: “The manager said I would come on and score the winner.”
  • Praise for goalkeeper Jussi Jaaskelainen and team effort from the Flying Dutchman.
  • Yanic says the supporters are why he plays football.
Man of the moment Yanic Wildschut says Latics manager Gary Caldwell told him he would be the match-winner on Friday afternoon, after being informed he wouldn’t start the crucial Sky Bet League One clash with Walsall at the DW Stadium.

Wildschut came off the bench to devastating effect, smashing home the winner for Caldwell’s side in the 91st minute, his third goal for Latics and his first of the calendar year.

“The manager said yesterday that I wouldn’t be starting but he said I would come on and I would score the winner,” Wildschut told LaticsPlayed HD. “When he made the substitution he reminded me of what he said on Friday and told me I had to do it for us now, I did it and then he come on the field at said ‘What did I tell you?’

“It has been a while since I last scored at Barnsley away and I have missed a few chances recently.

“Scoring a goal like this, in the last couple of minutes, in front of the fans with them going crazy was the best feeling I have had.

“The other results went our way so it was such an important moment – I am happy with the goal but most importantly we won.

“I got the ball on the left and I didn’t know whether to go on the outside for a cross or to come inside but then I came into the centre. I didn’t see the goalkeeper because the defender was in the way so I just decided to shoot and it went in. The feeling that came after I can’t describe.”

Wildschut’s impact was vital after Sam Mantom had cancelled out Conor McAleny’s fine opener for Latics in the Midlands and the winger says our superb run in 2016 has continued to be a squad effort.

“I hope I get to start more games but the lads have been doing well and players deserve their chances,” he continued. “I thought the lads did well today as well besides the 15 minutes they put a lot of pressure on us. 

“The defenders were excellent; Pearcey, Morgs, Don and Chris McCann did a great job whilst Sam Morsy also came into the team and played like he has been here for a while. Jussi also made some great saves; he is getting a little bit old now but the saves are still there! 

“It is good to be part of such a great team and I hope we can go all the way because we have the quality for it. Every game is difficult in this league but we are going to work hard for what we want and we have taken a big step forwards today.”

Wildschut couldn’t complete his interview without a word for the sensational support of over 1,700 Latics fans at the Banks’s Stadium.

“The support is amazing,” Wildschut said. “Over 1,700 fans followed us here today and they make so much noise.

“When you score a last minute winner and they sing your name, that’s why you play football.”

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