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23 December 2017

Boss continues to urge focus from his players, but heaps praise on them after special 7-0 win at Oxford United.

  • WATCH: Paul Cook on Wigan Athletic’s record-breaking 7-0 win over Oxford United
  • Cook says his side have achieved nothing yet but was delighted with their performance
  • Cook: “We have to stay focused now; a big, strong Christmas would be great for us all but if you get ahead of yourself in this game, it changes quickly.”

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook spoke with great pride as his side recorded the club’s biggest-ever league victory on Saturday afternoon, demolishing Oxford United 7-0.

A Will Grigg hat-trick, Max Power brace and goals from Nick Powell and Gavin Massey capped a sublime display of endeavour, quality and confidence.

Speaking post-match with iFollow Latics, Cook said:

“Everything has gone our way today; I am absolutely delighted with the performance from the team.

“It would be remiss of me not the heap the praise on the players; they fully deserve it because we were excellent from start to finish, we scored good goals, we were defensively strong and everything we want from our team.

“Today has gone our way but we must always respect the fact there is someone else involved in the game. Everything went for us, everything has gone wrong for Oxford and hopefully they will bounce back from that and we will move on to the Shrewsbury game, which is a smashing game for us.”

Despite the confidence flowing throughout the club, Cook was keen to urge focus and calm, with the season yet to reach its halfway point.

“In football confidence is key,” he added. “You only have to look at Gavin Massey today, who was absolutely excellent. All of our lads were excellent and we are really pleased with it but, as we have said, we are just 22 games in and we haven’t achieved anything.

“We are at 51 points, that’s great and great credit to the players for getting there because the goal difference is strong too but our habits must stay good. You only have to look at today; we worked hard for our win, did the ugly side of the game, closed down, our distances stayed good and the subs that came on affected the game as well, which was good.

“We have to stay focused now; a big, strong Christmas would be great for us all but if you get ahead of yourself in this game, it changes quickly.”

And on Boxing Day’s exciting clash between Latics and second place Shrewsbury Town at the DW Stadium, he finished:

“I am looking forward to seeing Paul Hurst, his staff and the Shrewsbury players, they have done great.

“When they beat us at their place, if somebody had said to us both at the time that we will have a game on Boxing Day as the top two, I am sure we would have both been delighted. I am delighted to be above Paul – it has been a massive struggle, Paul, I’ll tell you!

“Whatever will be on Boxing Day, will be. It will be a good game, two competitive teams, contrasting styles, Shrewsbury have had an outstanding half season, we have had an outstanding half season, but we have both achieved nothing.”

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