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29 November 2016

Defender believes win at Huddersfield Town will provide a massive boost for Warren Joyce’s side.

  • Reece Burke reflects on scoring first Wigan Athletic goal.
  • Defender praises Yanic Wildschut’s performance at the John Smith’s Stadium.
  • “Win a massive boost,” says West Ham United loanee.
Wigan Athletic defender Reece Burke spoke of his delight at notching his first Latics goal as he bagged the opener in Monday night’s 2-1 win at Huddersfield Town.

The England youth international, who is currently on loan at Latics from West Ham United, burst forward to support Yanic Wildschut in the first-half before finishing coolly in the centre of the box.

Reflecting post-match with Latics PlayerHD, he said:

“It was unbelievable to score my first Wigan goal and to be fair it was a good finish. It was a great burst from Yanic to put the ball in for me.

“As soon as I scored I went straight towards the supporters! It was a pleasing moment for me and my family so I’m glad it went in.”

Burke feels the win on Monday night will provide a great confidence lift for Latics’ dressing room, especially with the three points being the first under new boss Warren Joyce.

“The win is a massive boost for us tonight,” Burke added. “We’ve been working hard as a team recently but the results just haven’t been there, but today was a different case.

“They might have had more possession than us but at the end of the day we won and we’re pleased with that.

“When it goes to 1-1 sometimes you have doubts about losing, but the team spirit is good and we’re confident when we go out there. The gaffer said to us before the game that we’re good enough to win, and it’s given us confidence for the next game now.”

Yanic Wildschut was the Sky Sports Sky Bet Man of the Match as he bagged the match-winning goal in the second-half in trademark style.

And Burke waxed lyrical about his teammate.

“We were obviously quite deep tonight and hard to break down, but we had the pace of Yanic up top to hurt them on the counter,” he explained.

“I’ve come up against him in training a few times and he is powerful. He is hard to play against so it’s definitely a problem when defenders come up against him.”

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