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BITTERSWEET RETURN TO STARTING XI FOR HARIS VUCKIC

14 January 2016

Slovenian forward happy with goal scoring return, but disappointed with result on Tuesday.

  • Haris Vuckic discusses his first goal, Sheffield United and Saturday’s clash with Chesterfield.
  • On loan Newcastle United man scored second of three goals against Sheffield United.
  • Slovenian forward celebrated goal for his wife, who is expecting their first child.



Wigan Athletic’s on loan midfielder Haris Vuckic was left to feel bittersweet on Tuesday night, after Latics surrendered a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Sheffield United at the DW Stadium.

The 23-year-old, who is on loan at the DW Stadium from Newcastle United for the season, made his first Sky Bet League One appearance since he picked up an injury at Port Vale back in September.

The Slovenian international marked his return with a first-half goal but wasn’t in a celebratory mood come the final whistle.

“I’ve got mixed feelings about Tuesday’s match.  It was my first appearance for a long time, and I think I took my chance well and put in a good performance.  When I get a chance in the team I just try to give my maximum.

“I scored my first goal as well, but I want the team to win so I’m disappointed with the result as is the whole team.  We’ve got to keep working hard to make sure we bounce back on Saturday against Chesterfield and get back to winning games.

“I think we started really well and scored two goals before half time which helped us to keep playing good football.  We could have had more goals to be honest, and it’s disappointed that after the third goal we let Sheffield United back into the game.

“If you don’t concentrate fully in this league then the other team is always going to have a chance to turn the game around, and that’s exactly what happened.”

Vuckic, though, was pleased with how the team started and also the goal itself, a rare header to add to his goal collection.

The midfielder also spoke of his delight at being able to celebrate for his wife, who is pregnant with their first child.



Haris celebrates his first goal for Latics.

“I’ve not scored many headers in my career, but it was a great cross from Pearcey (Jason Pearce) and all I had to do was guide it in.

“I was a bit surprised when I saw him on the left wing, but it was a great ball from him and it made it pretty easy for me to head in.

“I have a baby coming soon, so the celebration was for my wife and I’m really happy that I was able to dedicate it to her.”

Latics will host their third match in 10 days at the DW Stadium on Saturday for the visit of Chesterfield, the club Vuckic made his debut against.  He reflected on that day, adding:

“Chesterfield was my debut, it was a crazy game to go 2-0 behind and then win the game 3-2 in the last 10 minutes.

“They will come here hoping for revenge I feel, because as we experienced on Tuesday, it’s not nice to lose a lead like that.

“Jordy Hiwula’s goal was a really good finish under pressure, and I’ll never forget the celebrations I saw from the touchline, it was an incredible comeback.”



Haris in action on his debut for Latics at the Proact Stadium in September.

Now under a new manager in former Latics man Danny Wilson, Chesterfield arrive at the DW Stadium having collected seven points from a possible nine in their last three matches, but Vuckic insists Latics are focused on creating the same record for themselves to finish off the recent string of home fixtures.

“We need to start winning game after game if we want to achieve our aim of promotion.

“Sometimes it can be positive or negative having a game so soon after a result like Tuesday, it all depends on how we react.

“We were all angry after Tuesday, to lose a 3-0 lead is very disappointing, so we need to bounce back, work hard in training and ultimately remain positive.

“We’ll analyse Chesterfield in the build-up, look closely at how they play and see how we can exploit their weaknesses to win the game.

“We want to finish this run of matches at home with three more points, that way we’ll have collected a good return towards our aim.”


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