Influential Wildschut gets Joyce’s Latics on the road
Yanic Wildschut’s first goal of the season was the difference between the two sides at the John Smith’s Stadium, as Warren Joyce won his first three points as Latics gaffer.
The Dutchman rounded Danny Ward following a fantastic counter attack, with the final ball to Wildschut coming from midfielder Max Power. Wildschut had played in the unfamiliar position as a lone striker for the duration of the game and was consistently a threat to the Terriers’ back line, getting himself an assist for Reece Burke’s easy 40th minute tap in, which gave the visitors a lead.
That lead however didn’t last much longer after the break, just 5 minutes to be precise. As Ex-Bradford striker Nahki Wells crossed to talented number 10 Aaron Mooy. The Manchester City loanee had the simplest of tasks to poke it beyond the helpless Jussi Jaaskelainen.
The Latics themselves restored their lead with the counter-attack, leaving Wildschut to pounce on an empty net on the hour mark. The town may have found themselves to be unlucky not to have a penalty just 3 minutes later, as Luke Garbutt appeared to have timed his tackle on Wells late, however, referee Tony Harrington was unmoved.
Huddersfield pushed and pushed for the equaliser, but they didn’t have it their own way and thanks to phenomenal defending from the Wigan back 3, Huddersfield poor form continued, as they blew the opportunity to go 4th in the Sky Bet Championship. Town are now winless in their last 4.
Wagner in an interview with Sky Sports stated that his terriers outfit “didn’t get what they deserved” and bemoaned the decisions of referee Tony Harrington.
Meanwhile, Warren Joyce was full of praise for man of the match Yanic Wildschut, likening him to the situation he himself was faced with at former club Manchester United, with young starlet Marcus Rashford. Joyce was also keen to keep his feet on the ground, emphasising that its just one game they’ve won, and that all the attention from the Wigan camp would be firmly on Saturday’s game at home to a revitalised Derby County, under new manager Steve McClaren.
Huddersfield now stay 6th, whilst Sheffield Wednesday, Norwich and Derby remain hot on their heels. Whereas down at the bottom, the win for Wigan has lifted them above Cardiff on goal difference. A win against the Rams at the DW could lift them as high as 19th, but defeat could mean that the tics drop a place to second bottom of the Sky Bet Championship table.
Huddersfield: Ward; Smith, Hudson © (Schindler 7’), Stankovic, Lowe; Scannell (Wells 45’), Hogg (Billing 67’), Mooy, Palmer, Van La Parra; Kachunga.
Unused Subs: Murphy, Whitehead, Bunn, Holmes-Dennis.
Bookings: Hogg, Smith.
Goal: Mooy (50’)
Wigan: Jaaskelainen; Byrne (Powell 78’), Burke (Burn 74’), Buxton, Warnock ©, Garbutt; MacDonald, Power, Perkins, Jacobs; Wildschut (Davies 84’).
Unused Subs: Lavercombe, Le Fondre, Gomez, Woolery.
Bookings: Warnock, Power, Garbutt.
Goals: Burke (40’), Wildschut (60’).