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20 March 2018

Latics midfielder Max Power reflects on special win at the Banks's two years ago ahead of Wednesday night's Sky Bet League One clash at Walsall.

  • Max Power looks ahead to Wigan Athletic's trip to Walsall.
  • Power was part of the Latics side that recorded a crucial win at the Banks's on our last visit in February 2016.
  • Power: "I look back at that game as a bit of a defining game"

Latics midfielder Max Power sees Wednesday night's clash at Walsall as a match as crucial as our last visit to the Banks's in February 2016.

Albeit the Saddlers, who were Latics' promotion rivals in 2015-16, are sat in mid-table this year, Power knows the significance of Paul Cook's side making their games in hand count.

Power played the full game in the Midlands in 2016 as Yanic Wildschut fired home a stoppage time winner to spark memorable scenes.

Speaking ahead of Wednesday's clash with Walsall, Power said:

"I look back at that game as a bit of a defining game; Walsall were well in the promotion mix at the time and we knew the importance of the game.

"Yanic popped up in the 90th minute and got the winner and that sparked great celebrations with the fans.

"We look back at moments like that and I think tomorrow could be similar; they’re all important now and we will treat every game as if our lives depend on getting three points."

I look back at that game as a bit of a defining game; Walsall were well in the promotion mix at the time and we knew the importance of the game.

Max Power

After missing out on a trip to Wembley last Sunday following defeat to Southampton, there was genuine disappointment post-match.

However, Power says that's now well behind Cook's side and the focus remains on promotion.

"Nobody expected us to get as far as we did and I think the disappointment lies with the fact we were so close to Wembley in the end," Power continued.

"We were within touching distance and our first-half performance on Sunday was one of the best we have produced for a long time. Ultimately, though, if you don’t take your chances against Premier League opposition then you’ll more than likely get punished.

"It has been firmly put to bed now, though, it was a great run, the Manchester City night in particular will live long in the memory for the fans and the players – it was the best night I have experienced in football."

Walsall legend Dean Keates will take charge of his first Saddlers game as manager after replacing Jon Whitney this week.

And Power admits he was surprised to see the change and acknowledged the Saddlers will be up for the game as a result.

"I was quite surprised to see Walsall change their manager; from the outside it looked like Jon Whitney had come in and done a good job," he continued.

"I have always enjoyed good games against Walsall, they play good football and it will be a really tough game tomorrow.

I"t won’t be easy to get a result, we saw that last time we were there with the late goal and you'd imagine the players will have that little bit extra with them playing for a new manager for the first time."

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