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26 December 2017

Paul Cook reflects on Wigan Athletic's 0-0 draw with Shrewsbury Town on Boxing Day.

  • WATCH: Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook on his side’s 0-0 draw with Shrewsbury Town.
  • Draw sees Latics on 52 points at the halfway stage of the campaign.
  • Cook: “It was a tough game so we’ll take our point and move on.”

Paul Cook felt his side should have won today’s game on the amount of chances they had, but was content with a point against their nearest rivals at the DW Stadium.

Will Grigg, Lee Evans, Nick Powell, Max Power and Ivan Toney had opportunities throughout the 90 minutes but were all thwarted in their attempts to score. 

The draw maintained the club’s four point margin at the top of the third tier, and Cook’s side will now prepare for another home test against Charlton Athletic on Friday night.

After the game, he said: “It was a tough game but we knew it was going to be just that because they’re a good side. They’re very well set up, very strong and have got some good players. They’re having an outstanding season and I don’t see them fading away, they’ll go all the way to the wire.

“We probably should have just shaded it on chances but it was a tough game and we’ll take our point and move on to Charlton on Friday.

“It was two teams today who were having a real good go at each other. After our win on Saturday I knew people would be expecting more goals, but neither side don’t concede many so chances were always going to be at a premium. When our chances did come today we couldn’t take them but that’s football and I’ve got no problem with that.”

The fixture marked the halfway point of the League One campaign, and Cook credited his squad for the way they’ve performed over the last 23 games.

“We’re at the halfway stage of the season now and if someone would have offered us this at the start then we’d all have been delighted. If we replicate what we’ve done during the second half of the season then we’ll make everyone happy.

“We’ll digest today’s game and then prepare well for Charlton. Every game will be tough but that’s what it is and we look forward to them all.”

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