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7 August 2017

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook looks ahead to Tuesday night's clash with Blackpool at the DW Stadium in the First Round of the Carabao Cup.

  • Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook looks ahead to his side’s Carabao Cup First Round tie with Blackpool.
  • Watch Cook discuss potential changes on Tuesday night at the DW.
  • Cook hints Gilbey, Grigg and Colclough all likely to be involved against Gary Bowyer’s side.

PC on Saturday’s win

“We’re pleased with the start and having three points on the board. I think every team would have been looking to get off to a good start but the most important thing now is that we move on. We now look forward to Tuesday night’s game and of course the game against Bury on Sunday.

PC on a busy schedule

“One of things pre-season does is that it prepares lads for what will eventually come during the year, but we have to adhere to it and we’re now looking forward to tomorrow night.

“Obviously from our supporters’ point of view we are going to make changes to the team, and I’m sure they’ll understand that, but we’ll definitely be trying to progress. It’s a very good opportunity for lads who aren’t in the first team to stake a claim to be playing.

PC on squad selection

“We’ll have a very strong team out tomorrow night. The lads know what the team will be and it’s a very powerful team. If we’re going to be putting players like Will Grigg, Alex Gilbey and Ryan Colclough on the pitch then I’m sure you can imagine how strong it’ll be.

PC on Blackpool

“Gary’s [Bowyer] had a fantastic start as Blackpool manager and I’m sure they enjoyed their win at Wembley at the end of last season. They had a difficult game at Bradford on Saturday where they were very much in the game for long periods and had a lot of attempts on goal.

“We are going to put a team on the pitch that we think can win the game and we hope can win the game and we will see how that goes.

“It’s how football works [playing Blackpool three times in the first three months of the season]; we have a good friendship with Gary – Leam knows him very well – I have got to know him over a period of playing against each other. He is a smashing fella; he has done a great job at Blackpool!”

PC on playing at the DW

“The Liverpool friendly was a great occasion; a great first game for myself and the staff.

“Now we are into the bread and butter stuff and the support we got on Saturday at MK Dons was fantastic and it was brilliant to have such a strong following, who were passionately involved in the game.”

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