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Weso, "In the cup, anything can happen"

28 October 2014

James hoping for more cup success against Chelsea

James Wesolowski is hoping to use past cup glories to help Shrewsbury Town spring a massive upset against Chelsea on Tuesday night.

The Australian midfielder played Liverpool three times in a row while at Oldham in the FA Cup and in January last year he was famously part of the side that won 3-2 against the Merseysiders at Boundary Park.

"In the cup, anything can happen," he said. "We're playing well but then so are Chelsea! We can enjoy the game and when that happens, you never know.

"I had Liverpool three years on the trot when I was at Oldham and in two of those matches we gave them a good game and we beat them in the other.  It's nothing to get nervous about, it's a great opportunity and a huge game for the club and fans. If we can put in a good performance we might get a few extra supporters for the league games."

Wesolowski will be hoping to continue where he left off against Chelsea after scoring his first for the club in Saturday's 2-1 win over Portsmouth - Town's fourth straight victory.

"It was a decent goal," he said. "I had another chance just before it which I should have done better with and it got blocked. I hit it pretty nicely and I know I need to be scoring more. Me and Ryan Woods need to be chipping in and hopefully that one will get me off the mark and I can get a few more.

"The system has changed a bit in recent weeks where I get the chance to go forward and in doing that, I should get more chances. At the start of the season I wanted to score five goals but I've only just got my first - I still want to get to that target though, at least."

Town had to come from a goal down to seal the points after Pompey took an early lead through Jed Wallace's penalty. 

"It was a good day at the office," said Wesolowski. "I don't think we played that well but we managed the game especially in the last 10 minutes when we came under a bit of pressure. We kept the ball in the corner and that shows we're learning our lessons. When you've got players at the back like Connor Goldson, Nathaniel Knight-Percival and Jermaine Grandison, it's pretty easy to be solid. They win everything and were top notch all the way through. Going behind early we showed good character to get back into the game.

"It was a decent goal from me. I had another chance just before it which I should have done better with and it got blocked. I hit it pretty nicely and I know I need to be scoring more. Me and Ryan Woods need to be chipping in and hopefully that one will get me off the mark and I can get a few more.

"The system has changed a bit in recent weeks where I get the chance to go forward a bit more and in doing that, I should get more chances. At the start of the season I wanted to score five goals but I've only just got my first - I still want to get to that target though, at least."

On skipper Goldson's late winner - a 35 yard effort that appeared to be a cross rather than shot - the Town midfielder admitted the team got lucky. 

"It was definitely a fluke," he smiled. "Every day he's out training and practising before everyone else - whether that's shooting or heading. That work is paying dividends on the pitch, not just with that goal but the way he's playing."


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