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20 March 2013

Manager has taken off the shackles - Wesolowski

Captain James Wesolowski thought new manager Lee Johnson's tactics were spot on as Latics registered a 3-0 victory against Hartlepool United to move out of npower League One's relegation places.

Wesolowski said: "We applied ourselves well and, with the new formation, I think it worked well. It was a good day at the office.

"It is looking good, but we have to make sure we back it up with a few more wins so hopefully we can drift well away from the bottom four.

"As it has been mentioned when we apply ourselves and do the right things,  we can do some damage in this league."

Wesolowski has been impressed by the new manager's approach to the game.

He explained: "He has brought in some new ideas and everyone is reading into them and likes what he is doing.

"We have quality in the squad, but the manager is giving us freedom to express that quality.

"In the first half you saw players expressing themselves and playing with a freedom we haven't really seen this season.

"It is as though we have had shackles on, but he has taken them off.

"It is only one game, but I think we played with more freedom than at any time during this season.

"It was enjoyable and we haven't had a game for some time when we were so comfortable. Hopefully we can have a few more like that."

And of his own role as a midfield anchor alongside on-loan Korey Smith, Wesolowski was happy how they gelled.

"Korey is a top-class player and he worked hard for the team. He looks to get on the ball and play it which gives me the opportunity to run on and express myself more. It worked well," he said.

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