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REACTION: PAUL COOK ON ASTON VILLA DEFEAT

22 August 2017

Manager in reflective mood after much changed Latics exit the Carabao Cup

  • Wigan Athletic lose to Aston Villa in the Carabao Cup 2nd Round
  • Ryan Colclough scored the consolation goal
  • “They gave everything they had and that’s all you can ask” – Paul Cook

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook gave his thoughts after watching his team lose at Villa Park in the Carabao Cup 2nd Round.

PC ON THE GAME
We were so naïve in our defending, we got back into the game just before half-time with a smashing goal from Ryan Colclough and to go in 2-1 at the break would have been great. I thought second half we were very honest with our play, we kept going but Villa’s quality shone through at times. So disappointing night, disappointing result, great for the lads to get 90 minutes in such a fantastic stadium, great credit to Aston Villa and we wish them luck in the next round.

PC ON POSITIVES
It's massive for us as a club, you see the substitutes like Callum Lang and Sniffer (Luke Burgess) coming on, Donervon Daniels 90 minutes, Callum Elder 90 minutes. For us we’ve made it quite clear the league is our priority, then the FA Cup which we’ll stay as strong as we can in and tonight was always going to be a difficult night, they’re a top side and Steve is probably one of the best English managers about. It’s disappointing to lose, it’s the first defeat of the season but we look forward to Saturday now.

PC ON THE PERFORMANCE
I felt we should have got more goals, that we should have done better in the game generally, the goals we gave away were very poor but again the timescale we have to work with them in relation to defending is short at times and all in all we have to ask at the end, did they give everything they had tonight, for sure, and as a manager that’s all you can ask.


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