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5 August 2017

Seven players were handed their debuts by the manager this afternoon.

  • Paul Cook reaction to MK Dons 0 Latics 1
  • "I thought the lads were terrific to a man, really strong performance." Cook
  • Cook: "Great travelling support, I thank every single one of them for being there today."

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook was delighted with his side’s performance against MK Dons this afternoon as Latics registered three points on the opening day.

The only goal of the game came in the first half through Nick Powell, who slotted beneath Lee Nicholls after a perfectly weighted through ball from Michael Jacobs.

Callum Elder was shown a straight red card after Powell’s goal for a tackle on George Williams, and the home side were also reduced to 10 men in the second half as Scott Wootton was dismissed.

Speaking to iFollow Latics after the game, Cook said: “I really enjoyed watching us play today. It’s been a really frantic seven weeks with the changes we’ve had but we were excellent and the lads were brilliant.

“I think good footballers can play well in any situation and they can find themselves anywhere on the pitch. If you look at Lee Evans for example he’s just a naturally good footballer, but the most important thing for us is not to single players out because it’s about the team.

“There’s a lot of players who have played well today and that resulted in a good team performance. It was a good finish from Nick Powell but we had chances to score more. The second goal would have been nice because it would have relaxed everyone.

“It was never comfortable but MK Dons didn’t have many clear cut chances. We denied them possession in certain areas of the pitch.”

Cook praised the travelling Latics support for the excellent atmosphere they created at Stadium MK.

“The fans were terrific all game. I will always thank our supporters for turning up and the lads should always go over too, irrespective of the result. The noise they made was fantastic.

“It’s always good when we’ve won, but when we lose a game too, which we will at some point, that the players go over and show the same appreciation.”

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