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PREVIEW: PAUL COOK ON ASTON VILLA CHALLENGE

21 August 2017

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook looking forward to Villa Park trip

  • Paul Cook previews Aston Villa v Latics
  • Latics look to continue great start to the season
  • Cook: “Villa Park is a great stadium and we'll go there in buoyant mood.”

Latics manager Paul Cook looks ahead to the game against Aston Villa on Tuesday 22 August in the Carabao Cup 2nd Round.

PC ON TUESDAY NIGHT’S GAME
“I’m looking forward to the game because it’s a fantastic tie for us and a great stadium to play at. I’m sure Steve (Bruce) will be delighted with the result they had on Saturday so the place will be a lot happier around there, but we’re certainly going there quite buoyant with our form at the moment.

PC ON FIFTH GAME IN TWO WEEKS
“For our supporters we’ve made it quite clear that we won’t be coming off the pathway we’ve set out, and we’ll be doing what we did in the previous round because it gives other lads the opportunity to play. The league is our main focus point and the game against Portsmouth on Saturday is a huge one for us, so in terms of priorities that comes first for sure.

PC ON MANAGING PLAYERS’ FITNESS
“The games are going to come thick and fast during the season and it’s important that our bosses at the club are aware of what we’re doing and the plan we have. We’ll have a lot of good players on the pitch tomorrow night so it’s an opportunity for those lads to show they should be playing.

PC ON ASTON VILLA
“I’m sure Steve will be thinking about their game against Bristol City on Friday night so Aston Villa will have their own thoughts on the game and we’ve got our own thoughts too. I’m sure both teams will do their best though to give everyone a good spectacle.

PC ON TEAM SELECTION
“When you’ll look at our team tomorrow night I think people will say it’s a very strong team because we’ll have a lot of good players playing, certainly the likes of Ryan Colclough, Alex Gilbey and Will Grigg. We’re not talking about putting weakened teams out because there are lads who have now got an opportunity to show they should be playing.

PC ON OLDHAM WIN
“I was a little bit disappointed on Saturday because I didn’t think we went on in the game at all. From half time onwards we weren’t the better team on the pitch and we allowed Oldham to get a foot hold in it, so looking back I was a bit disappointed. I felt we should have been stronger and put the game to bed, but luckily we won the game and I’m sure everyone will be pleased with that. There’s still a lot of improvements and work to be done.”


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