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We must stick together

7 April 2013

Captain's rallying call

Captain James Wesolowski has vowed to lead Latics to safety in npower League One.

The midfield man believes Latics will banish the threat of relegation which remains after yesterday's 2-1 home defeat by Carlisle United.

Wesolowski (pictured) said: "There are still six games to go and, with Scunthorpe losing, we know our fate is still in our own hands

"I am sure that if we all stick together, and the fans stay behind us, we will get out of trouble."

Wesolowski admitted it was a game on two halves against Carlisle and in the first Latics' first-half display wasn't good enough.

He said: "We weren't at the races and didn't play the football we know we can do.

"We came out for the second half and played some good football and had some good chances to may be draw or win the game.

"At the end of the day football is 90 minutes and not 45. And though we can take positives from the second half, there are a lot of things we need to improve on."

Wesolowski added it is important to start matches on the front foot, something they failed to do against Carlisle who established a 2-0 half-time lead through goals from Liam Noble and Jordan Mustoe.

He continued: "We gave them something to hold on to, and they managed to do that in the second half, even though we pinned them in and had a few chances to draw or may be win the game.

"At the end of the day, we know that is not good enough and we need to sort things out and learn from it."

Wesolowski believes it is more a mental than physical challenge saying they must be mentally ready to start games.

He continued: "It is not the first time this season when we have had an awful first half and it has taken half time and for everybody to have a go at one another for us to click into action.

"That was the case again and, as players, we have to make sure we are mentally ready to start games as a lot are won by the team which scores first as stats show.

"That has to be our goal for the next game to get in the first punch."

Wesolowski admitted it was a missed opportunity to move further away from the foot of the table.


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