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25 November 2013

Wesolowski on Ashes, World Cup and Latics

It is no wonder James Wesolowski, Latics' Aussie midfield man, is feeling on top of the world at the moment.

Not only is he a key figure in Latics' recent improved fortunes, but he can also savour other sporting  successes.

Over the weekend Australia comprehensively defeated England in the first Ashes Test at Brisbane while his fellow countrymen also reached the final of the Rugby League World Cup by beating Fiji.

Wesolowski joked: "I am not going to boast about the cricket, but I was not surprised by our win.

"You could see at the end of the Test that Aussies are up for it and it will be a different series to last summer.

"You guys were boasting at the end of the last series, but we have that Aussie mentality of never giving up. I am sure we will come out stronger than England this time."

Wesolowski is also looking for Australia, who scored a last-gasp try to beat England in the semi finals, to win the Rugby League World Cup. They play New Zealand in the final at Old Trafford on Saturday.

He continued: "That will be tougher. If England had got through in the other semi, I reckon we would have cruised it.

"Now we have to play New Zealand, it might be a tough one."

Wesolowski believes Latics displayed their battling qualities in Saturday's win at Gillingham.

He explained: "It was a tough place to go and we showed a different side of our game.

"We showed guts and determination to stick it out in the last 15/20 minutes to get three points.

"It has been a good run and we will be looking to continue it."

Wesolowski believes it will to tough for Latics tomorrow at Shrewsbury where Latics won 4-1 in early September in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy.

He explained: "They will be out for revenge which happens when you get a pasting from a team.

"The way we have been playing, I am sure we can continue to do the same things and play the same style and cause them enough problems to get the three points.

"It won't be easy as they have come off the back of a good result beating Notts County.

"It will be tough, but a good chance to keep the run going and to keep our performances at a high level."

Wesolowski says he was always confident Latics would hit top form.

He said: "When we were losing, we did not panic as we knew we had the players and ability in the squad to play good football.

"It was a matter of time and clicking and gelling and that is happening and everybody is showing their true ability."

Wesolowski believes Latics are capable of challenging for the play offs.

He continued: "I think we have a great chance as we have a great squad and a very good manager who has looked at the things which weren't working at the start of the season.

"It hasn't been a fluke and he has trained us and taught us the right things to do. We have taken them on board and that is why results have changed."

Wesolowski also believes trips to Laser Quest and Daytona Karting have helped as it sometimes helps to get away from the intense pressure of football.

"It is a bit of fun and it is vital to sometimes move away from the football pitch and let you mind go on to other things for a day or two," he said.

Wesolowski added that Latics' manager Lee Johnson, himself a midfield man, has helped improve his game.

He said: "The gaffer has helped me out with a few bits to my game.

"I am not running about quite so much and keep my shape and balance better. I feel a lot fitter in games which is probably due to not running about like a headless chicken.

"It has also helped playing alongside Korey Smith and Anton Rodgers, two top-quality players, which makes life easier for me."

Wesolowski says the next fortnight is an important one.

He continued: "The next two weeks is an exciting time for us with big league and cup games.

"It is a massive chance for us to push up the table and to come out the other side in the cups,

"It is a big opportunity and we have to be at the races and ready for every game."


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