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Simpson turns back time

23 October 2012

Robbie's happy in the middle

Robbie Simpson says he is not fazed by playing in midfield for Latics.

Though recognised as a striker, Simpson's versatility is such that he can also play out wide or in the centre of midfield.

And Simpson, who replaced Dean Furman when he was away on international duty, is enjoying life in the middle of the park.

Simpson: "I am happy how it has gone for me in midfield. It is reasonably new to me, though I have played there before.

"When I was in the Academy at Norwich I started out as a central midfield player.

"It was when I joined Cambridge City I was pushed further forward.

"I also played one or twice in midfield for Coventry and I feel I can do a job there.

"I think I have done alright and, if I continue to play there, I am sure I will get better and better."

Simpson added there is competition for places in all areas and players know they have to be on top of their game or they won't be in the side.

He continued: "I got the opportunity to play in the centre of midfield when Dean was away and did reasonably well as did the team.

"I have enjoyed it and James Wesolowski and myself have clicked straightaway and partnerships are key all over the pitch.

"We have a good partnership in the couple of games we have played together.

"The gaffer said if you play well you will keep your place and it is my shirt to lose. I don't plan to give it up."

Simpson says his favourite position is in the No 10 role just behind the front man. He added he prefers midfield to the main striker role which he has also played on occasions.

He added everybody is bright and bubbly at the moment and it is great to come in to work after collecting 10 points from a possible 12.

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