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13 August 2017

Gaffer pleased with 4-1 win over Bury in his first home league match as Latics boss.

  • Paul Cook reflects on Latics’ 4-1 win over Bury at the DW Stadium.
  • Cook urges calm but admits his players were tremendous against the Shakers.
  • Cook: “It was one of those enjoyable days for us.”

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook was delighted with his side’s performance at they rolled over Bury 4-1 at the DW Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

After former Latic Alex Bruce had cancelled out Michael Jacobs’ opener, Latics produced an electric second-half performance and were thankful to two Nick Powell goals and a Lee Evans cracker, which saw them home to a comfortable victory in the end.

Reflecting post-match with iFollow Latics, Paul Cook was keen to remain calm but admitted his side produced a magnificent performance.

“Fair play to them, they were tremendous,” Cook said. “We have played two games and as a manager you have to keep a lid on things. Bury are a very good side and they have got very good players right through the team.

“I thought, especially in the early exchanges, it was very much end-to-end and they have scored a great goal from a corner after we went into the lead.

“To be fair, I thought the first-half was probably nip and tuck all the way but second half I did feel we took control of the game and we played really, really well, scoring a couple of good goals at the right time.

“It was one of those enjoyable days for us; I said to the lads, they should enjoy playing football and enjoy when they win, because it is tough. We have had a really good week as a club but we will be in tomorrow and we’ll work hard, go again and look forward to the Oldham game.”

Cook was pleased with the positive energy reverberating around the DW Stadium from the supporters and said the happy feeling around the place is what he likes to see.

“We have got Shaun MacDonald in the dressing room as happy as anyone and that is what I love seeing,” he added.

“People can get carried away very quickly, we have won two games and that is all it is but we are pleased, of course we are, yet there is so much hard work still to do.

“I think it is great for the manager when you get that support and feeling around the place because the players thrive off it. Everyone has been in stadiums where the atmosphere isn’t great and every misplaced pass then becomes a problem.

“Make no bones about it, we will have bad days; we haven’t just come here and made everything great again.

“Next week at Oldham will be a really tough game for us and that is football but you keep your habits that get you home.”

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