Norwich City’s Yanic Wildschut must forget Wigan nightmare
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Norwich City new boy Yanic Wildschut must bounce back from his Wigan woes.
City's big money deadline night signing endured a painful return to the Latics in the midweek 2-2 Championship draw that kept Alex Neil's squad on the fringes of the play-offs.
Wildschut was barracked throughout by large sections of an unforgiving home support, after handing in a transfer request last week to trigger his Carrow Road move.
The wide player struggled to make any impact against his old club and conceded the free kick that led to Wigan's second goal, before being replaced by Josh Murphy to widespread derision at the DW Stadium.
'I spoke to him prior to the game and told him what to expect,' said Neil. 'He is old enough. He is 25 and he knew what the script was. He was always going to get a bit of stick coming back and equally that can have two different effects. It can have an adverse one, when maybe you don't play so well or it can spur you on and you want to prove a point and I think Yanic unfortunately didn't have his best game.'
Neil cut a frustrated figure after City squandered two points following the hard fought away win at Cardiff, but is targeting the right response on home against Nottingham Forest and Newcastle.
'We are frustrated as a group. We felt we did enough to win the game. We should have won the game and we made it difficult for ourselves,' he said. 'Four points from six away from home is a bit better and the players are not too down about it.
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'I spoke to them straight after the game and impressed upon them it is another point on the board. We need to go again.
'We are unbeaten now in four, we have two home games coming up and we need to make sure we attack them.
'For me, I thought it was a great opportunity to put ourselves in the play-offs and let everyone know we mean business and we can crack on. That is frustrating, but I think there is a real belief about the players now.
'The wheels are starting to turn and if we pick up another couple of results we can get a head of steam. I have never changed my opinion about this squad from day one. If we can get going we will take some stopping.'