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Wesolowski eyes Wembley

17 February 2013

Captain on cup draw

James Wesolowski believes the FA Cup with Budweiser, quarter-final draw represents Latics' best chance to reach Wembley.

If Latics win their fifth-round replay at Everton, they are at home to Wigan Athletic in the last eight.

Wesolowski (pictured), who captained Latics yesterday, said: "Part of me wanted a big draw against the likes of Manchester United or City.

"If we can get past Everton, which will be incredibly tough, I am sure on our day we can give Wigan a game and have a great chance of reaching the semi finals and playing at Wembley.

"So it is quite a nice draw, especially as we would be at home again."

Wesolowski added that yesterday's game was one of the highlights of his career.

He said: "Leading the team out in front of almost 10,000 fans gave me goose bumps as it did against Liverpool.

"There is also nothing better than a last-minute winner or equaliser, especially in a game of that magnitude."

Wesolowski was especially delighted for Matt Smith to mark his return from injury with the last-gasp equaliser which he described as one of the most important goals of the season.

He explained: "Matt came on and showed great determination to get his goal.

"It is impressive how he utilises  his strength and how he is becoming such a threat.

"If he continues to use that strength to his advantage, I am sure he would be a threat in any division."

Wesolowski was also impressed with the atmosphere saying it made him realise how intimidating a ground it must have been in the glory days under Joe Royle.

He said: "I was amazed how the sound stays in, despite the ground only having three stands.

"I think having no stand helps us as Premier League sides see nothing there and it will make them fancy the place even less.

"It was also fantastic to come out for the warm down after the game to find hundreds of fans still singing our names."

Wesolowski added they must now concentrate on rewarding the fans with improved form in npower League One to climb clear of the relegation places.

Keep logging on to the official website for an exclusive interview tomorrow with Lee Croft about the prospect of a quarter-final tie against his home-town club.

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