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11 August 2017

Gaffer looks ahead to third game of the week as he looks to maintain 100% start.

  • Paul Cook previews Wigan Athletic’s Sky Bet League One match with Bury.
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  • Cook: “I’m delighted with the start we’ve made.”

PC on the positive start to the season

“I’m delighted with the start we’ve made and I’m delighted with our Carabao Cup draw against Aston Villa too. It’s an exciting game for us and one we’re really looking forward to.

“There’s nervousness around every group when the season starts because all managers want to get up and running. The most important thing for me this pre-season has been getting to know the squad and for them to get to know us. It’s a long campaign and it’ll take a lot of hard work.

“Getting good starts is great but there’s lots of times for teams who haven’t made good starts to make that time up. We’re pleased with what we’ve done so far though but we’re only six days into the new season so we won’t be getting ahead of ourselves."

PC on squad selection

“One of the challenging things has been diluting the squad to what we want in terms of numbers, in terms of quality and in terms of categorising lads for where they’re at in their football careers. For example, young lads like Callum Lang, where actually is he in his career right now? Does he want to go out on loan? Is he ready to go out on loan? Is he ready to play in the first team? Can he sustain playing in the first team? These are all the things we have to work at as staff."

PC on Blackpool win

“One of things nowadays is that managers get interviewed so quickly after games and sometimes you’ve still got a gut reaction to the game. My initial reaction on Tuesday was that I was disappointed because I genuinely believed with the quality we had on the pitch that we’d play a lot better, so I did have a little bit of disappointment in me in relation to the performance. On reflection though we’ve thrown together a brand new team to play against a lot of seasoned professionals in the Blackpool side and we’ve managed to win 2-1, so looking back I was probably a little harsh on the lads." 

PC on Bury

“You have games you look forward to and Sunday is one of them. I’m sure Bury and Lee Clark will be saying the same because it is actually one of them you’re excited about. There’ll be a lot of good players on show from both teams, and in terms of the geography of the clubs they aren’t too far apart so it’s a bit of a derby match if you like too. Both teams will be thinking positive thoughts about the season and where they could go, and I think you’ll see a really good game of football." 

PC on the fans

“When people talk about supporters and which club has the best, you can’t really quantify that because football means so much to so many people. I felt our support last week at MK Dons was fantastic, not just in the numbers that were there, but the noise and the passion they showed to winning the game. When you get that tandem between players and fans it’s quite unique at times, so the more we can marry that together the better."

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