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29 December 2017

Manager reflects on stalemate with the Addicks as Latics enter 2018 top of Sky Bet League One.

  • WATCH: Paul Cook on Wigan Athletic’s 0-0 draw with Charlton Athletic
  • Cook says he’s disappointed but also calm with Latics still top of League One and unbeaten in nine.
  • Cook: “Tonight was no different to Plymouth and Northampton, but in those games we managed to get a goal, unfortunately tonight we didn’t and that can be football.”

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook was left with mixed emotions after his side drew 0-0 with Charlton Athletic at the DW Stadium on Friday night.

Reflecting on the game post-match with iFollow Latics, Cook admitted he was disappointed his side couldn’t grab a winner but equally praised their efforts in the 2017-18 season to date.

“It has been disappointing from our point of view, after such a strong win at Oxford, because we could have put ourselves in a really strong position,” Cook explained.

“Unfortunately we haven’t, but great credit to Shrewsbury and tonight Charlton, because to be fair to Charlton they have been decimated by injuries, they really have, and they came here – very unlike a Karl [Robinson] team – and got men behind the ball to frustrate us and they worked their socks off to get the point.

“For us, there is a tinge of disappointment, but we worked our way at it and we went a bit more direct at times and did our best, huffed and puffed, but, unfortunately, we couldn’t break them down.

“It is such a long season, we tick the games off and our lads have got to rest and recover because we are going to Northampton next, where we will take good support.

“We are in a really good position in the league and our lads work hard.

“We have to respect that when teams come to the DW now, they are going to come with different ways to frustrate us. Tonight was no different to Plymouth and Northampton, but in those games we managed to get a goal, unfortunately tonight we didn’t and that can be football.

“If we would have won tonight and it would have been 1-0 we’d have all been euphoric and we would have been delighted. We just keep going, though, it’s football, these leagues are a long endurance, a marathon and we are doing smashing – to have only lost three games to date is a very good stat for our lads and to not concede many goals is another good stat.”

Cook also confirmed Reece James was rested tonight and will return at Sixfields on New Year’s Day.

“Reece was rested,” Cook explained. “He missed a lot of football last year and to play so many games in quick succession, we didn’t want to put him under too much pressure.

“We have a good squad, though, and it is pleasing that other lads get more minutes.

“Reece will come back into the team on Monday.”

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