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Simpson over troubles

20 March 2013

Robbie's goal to finish season on a high

Robbie Simpson was recalled to Latics' starting line up and back among the goals in the 3-0 home npower League One victory against Hartlepool United.

And the 28-year-old is hoping last night's exploits provide the spark and catalyst for a storming finish to a frustrating campaign.

It is one which has been dogged by injury as he failed to hit the heights of last season.

Simpson believes he will soon be back firing on all cylinders.

He said: "I have been chomping at the bit to start games as I have been training really well for the last few weeks.

"I have been coming off the bench and doing quite well in games and starting games is the next step."

Simpson admitted it has been a "frustrating" season and hopefully he can finish the season with a run of games and more goals.

Last night's strike was only his fourth of the campaign and he has set an ambitious target of trying to achieve double figures.

"If I do that, I am sure I will help us stay up which is the main thing," he said.

Simpson, who prefers to play as a front man or second striker, was last night asked to play wide left of a three behind lone striker Lee Barnard.

He continued: "I prefer that role to playing on the left of a 4-4-2 as I can come inside.

"There is more cover from the two sitting central midfield players while left back Jonathan Grounds helped me lots."

Simpson added he is happy to play anywhere new manager Lee Johnson wants him to do to help the team avoid relegation.

He says he has been impressed by Johnson's enthusiasm and the team has been given a lot of freedom going forward.

Simpson explained that Johnson is also a great advocat of togetherness stressing players must encourage team mates when they make a mistake rather than being critical of them.

He also explained that Johnson knows from his playing days what it takes to win a battle against relegation.

"What last night showed was that he has started to instill those things into us, and I am sure it is only going to get better," he said.

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