Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook on the ‘Battle of The Latics’
- Paul Cook previews Oldham Athletic v Latics
- Latics defend 2017-18 100% record when they travel to SportDirect.com Park on Saturday.
- Cook: “Oldham will be a tough challenge.”
Watch FREE above with iFollow Latics as manager Paul Cook looks ahead to the game against Oldham Athletic at SportsDirect.com Park on Saturday 19 August.
PC ON BUMPS AND BRUISES
“We had a game on Tuesday behind closed doors against Bradford City which was more for the squad, but we picked up a couple of knocks in that so we go into Saturday with a few injuries.
PC ON THE SQUAD IN GENERAL
“We’ve got to be careful because a lot of squads can be made up of development players trying to break into the first team, and also we’ve had a little bit of upheaval in terms of a few boys being on the transfer list.
“In general we feel like we’ve got a good squad though, and of course we’d like to add to it, every manager does, but we’ve got lads waiting for opportunities too and if they come tomorrow then I’m sure they’ll take it.
PC ON FEEL GOOD FACTOR
“Any manager would be delighted with the start we’ve had, but we’ve got to remember it’s a long season and it’s about keeping our feet firmly on the ground. Our habits must stay the same in relation to every team we play because it’s no good turning up one week and not the next.
PC ON OLDHAM
“We’re very focused on the game and know it’ll be a difficult one for us. Oldham haven’t had the start they’d have wanted, but notoriously John Sheridan gets his teams going very quickly and like I say it’ll be a very difficult game for us. They’ve got players in their team who can certainly hurt us.
“John’s a good lad and he’s done great at Oldham. For me last year they looked done in the league and I thought they were a certainty to be relegated, but he did an amazing job keeping them up. They’ve had players come in over the summer and have had some move out too, and I’m sure John just wants to get those first few points up on the board so they get up and running.
PC ON BURY WIN
“It was pleasing to win last weekend. It was our first home game of the season against another strong side in Bury. For a period in the first half it was a very competitive game but I did feel that we took control of things in the second half. We had a lot of good performers on the day which is great for confidence, but our next game against Oldham will be a completely different test and that’s what football is all about.
PC ON TRAVELLING SUPPORT AT OLDHAM
“I thought the crowd last week at home to Bury were excellent and we had great travelling support at MK Dons as well, so I’m sure our fans are excited and are looking forward to the game tomorrow. I hope we give them a performance they can be proud of.