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YANIC WILDSCHUT: “I AM ENJOYING STRIKER ROLE”

29 November 2016

Forward pleased with contribution as Man of the Match display helps Latics to win 2-1 at Huddersfield Town.

  • Yanic Wildschut pleased with Man of the Match display against Huddersfield Town.
  • Dutch forward delighted to score first goal of the season.
  • “Hopefully the supporters get warm from the result,” Wildschut.
Wigan Athletic forward Yanic Wildschut was jubilant after Latics’ Monday night win at Huddersfield Town as he grabbed an assist and a goal for his side in what was without doubt his best performance of the season to date.

The 24-year-old celebrated his first goal of the season as he played a major part in Warren Joyce earning a first win as Latics boss, and as a result he was awarded the Sky Sports Man of the Match award.

“It’s the first time I’ve won man of the match in England, in a Sky TV game,” Wildschut explained. “But I’m just happy I’ve managed to get a goal because it’s been a while since Blackpool away last season. 

“The most important thing was the win, though, and we’ve really trained hard the past couple of weeks and we’ve finally managed to get a positive result.”

“At the beginning of the season we were playing well but weren’t getting the results, but now I feel we’re not playing as well as we can but we make sure we get a result. 

“We just have to keep getting as many points as we can now because we want to stay in this league. This is just the beginning so we have to keep building.”

Wildschut was compared to Manchester United and England striker Marcus Rashford last week by his new manager.

And the Dutch forward believes his new striker role is difficult but an enjoyable challenge in equal measure.

“I enjoy playing up front but it’s hard work at times given the way we play because I have to close down, track back and go deep in the channel, so after about 80 minutes I was starting to run out of fuel!” he said.

“I liked the way we played tonight but the lads made it easy for me because they worked their socks off and kept fighting.”

The travelling Latics support sang Wildschut’s song more than any other at the John Smith’s Stadium last night, and the popular attacker was pleased to reward the 700-strong away fans.

“The Latics supporters have always supported me since the day I signed and it was really good to hear them singing my name tonight,” Wildschut continued. “There was a lot of supporters here and it was a cold night so I hope they got some warmth from the game!”

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