Forward looks for Latics to use trip to Oakwell as chance to turn a corner in the 2016-17 Sky Bet Championship.
- Yanic Wildschut looks forward to Wigan Athletic’s trip to Barnsley.
- Dutchman recalls win at Oakwell in December 2015 as he scored the second in Latics’ 2-0 win.
- 25-year-old enjoying working under new manager Warren Joyce.
Wildschut followed up Andy Kellett’s opener against the Tykes before enjoying great celebrations with the supporters as Latics returned to winning ways to start a 20-match unbeaten run on their visit to Barnsley just over 12 months ago.
Recalling the match, Wildschut said:
“It was a difficult game; we played really well and started with a new formation as well but we got used to it quickly and did well, especially against a good opponent like Barnsley.
“We played to our strengths and Andy Kellett got us off to a great start scoring a really beautiful goal and from then on we marched on to get the league title.
“I came on as a substitute and there was a miscommunication between their goalkeeper and defender, they were shouting for a foul or offside whilst I took the ball and scored in the final few minutes.
“It was nice to score and I remember some great celebrations with the travelling fans because there were quite a lot there considering the game was just before Christmas.”
Wildschut has been doing his utmost over the past fortnight to force his way into Warren Joyce’s starting XI for the game at Oakwell, and the former Middlesbrough man says he’s enjoyed the methods of the former Manchester United coach.
“It’s been different but I really like it,” Wildschut added. “The sessions have been hard but the international break has allowed us to get used to the manager and him to get used to us too.
“Everybody has worked hard in training and we will improve but I think it’s important to remember this may take longer than a week or two weeks under the new manager to get it perfect.
“You can definitely already see what the manager wants, though, and it’s about the players trying to take that out onto the pitch and get us some much-needed points.”
Equally so, Wildschut said the players want to put right their terrible start to life under Joyce against Reading a fortnight ago.
“The manager said he couldn’t have predicted a much worse start and it’s something I have never experienced before in football,” he explained.
“We made it very hard for ourselves but everyone is now focused on what we need to do because we know if we can keep a clean sheet that we will score goals.”
Barnsley came up alongside Latics from League One last season and Wildschut knows Paul Heckingbottom’s side will provide a stern test.
“Barnsley are doing well this season,” he continued. “They have some good players, a nice stadium, a good crowd and they’ll also play good football – not the kick and run style you see from some teams – so it will be a good game.
“We’re going there for the win, we need the points.”