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WARREN JOYCE: “WE DESERVED THE THREE POINTS”

29 November 2016

Boss reflects on his first win as Latics boss as goals from Reece Burke and Yanic Wildschut secure a 2-1 success at Huddersfield Town.

  • Warren Joyce reflects on Wigan Athletic’s win at Huddersfield Town.
  • Praise for goal-scorers Reece Burke and Yanic Wildschut.
  • “Our supporters were brilliant,” says Joyce.
Wigan Athletic manager Warren Joyce heaped the praise on his players as Latics recorded a first win under his stewardship with a 2-1 victory at Huddersfield Town on Monday evening.

Reece Burke and Yanic Wildschut scored either side of Aaron Mooy’s early second-half leveller for the Terriers to extend Latics’ unbeaten away run to five matches.

Reflecting post-match with Latics PlayerHD, Joyce said: 

“It was a tremendous performance. We’ve worked hard for a couple of weeks now and I’ve been pleased with the effort they’ve put in. The things that we’ve been doing in training have showed up tonight and we deserved the three points.

“We want the same things with and without the ball whether we’re playing at home or away. We want to look like we know what we’re doing and the players know their jobs now. Tonight is something to definitely build on.”

Burke’s opener was his first goal for the club whilst Wildschut bagged his first goal of the season in a central striker role and Joyce praised both of his goal-scorers.

“I think Yanic is a good footballer with a lot of pace,” he added. “He’s still a young player and we probably still don’t know where his best position will end up. Since I’ve come in though, I see the centre forward position as a better role for him.

“Reece is technically good and you can see he’s had a good upbringing at West Ham. He’s got a good attitude and is another player who is still developing. It was a great night for him.”

Joyce was also happy with his side’s character and reaction to Huddersfield’s leveller early in the second-half. 

And now he wants his side to kick on and use this result as a platform to build on going into the Christmas period.

“The goal they scored disappointed me because it was something we talked about at half time,” Joyce explained. “But we didn’t crumble and we came back at them. Barring the first three minutes against Reading, I’ve not been displeased with what I’ve seen so far.

“If we do stick to our game plan and they do the things we ask them to do then we can achieve results.

“It’s a great result tonight but it’ll be a waste of time if we don’t do the same against Derby on Saturday. We want to see great intensity and tempo all the time.”

Joyce was also full of praise for over 700 travelling supporters, who matched a vibrant home crowd to create a great atmosphere at the John Smith’s Stadium.

“I thought the support tonight was fantastic,” Joyce continued. “You could hear them throughout the game and they created a good atmosphere. It was quite a hostile environment but our supporters were brilliant.”

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