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REACTION: PAUL COOK ON BLACKPOOL CARABAO CUP WIN

8 August 2017

Latics manager admits Blackpool made it very hard as Latics make it to Second Round of the Carabao Cup.

  • Wigan Athletic beat Blackpool in Carabao Cup 1st Round
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  • “The young lads will grow from this experience, which is great for the club,” says Cook.

Latics manager Paul Cook gave iFollow Latics his reaction after watching his side secure a narrow victory in the Carabao Cup at home to Blackpool.

COOK ON THE GAME
Very pleased to get through, I thought we were a bit lucky to get through, Blackpool were very strong but it was a great experience for some of our young lads to be on the pitch and come under that pressure and get through the game, great credit to them. We talked about standards after the game and a lot of these lads believe that they should be in the first team and these games are a great guide to that.

COOK ON THE GOALS
Yes, I thought they were both great goals but in general we want to control games better than that, we had no real control of the game, we were hanging on and that’s the disappointing thing but it was a great experience for the young lads. Without a doubt fitness is an element but this team had never played together, they only trained Sunday and Monday and it’s important that you develop all the good habits on a daily basis and those lads’ habits will ultimately get better as we go on.

COOK ON WINNING

Victory breeds confidence, the Chairman will be happy and any team that win the first two games of the season will be delighted. We now keep going, we look forward to the draw and we take this into the game on Sunday.

COOK ON BURY
Football has a habit of kicking you in the teeth, so we won’t get carried away, we keep working hard, doing things well on a daily basis and we approach the game full of confidence.


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