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12 December 2017

Latics boss Paul Cook looks back on his side's 3-2 victory over AFC Fylde in the Emirates FA Cup.

  • Latics progress in the Emirates FA Cup with a 3-2 win against AFC Fylde.
  • Paul Cook gives credit to Dave Challinor's side in tight contest at the DW Stadium.
  • Latics boss looking forward to third round trip to AFC Bournemouth.

Paul Cook admitted his Latics side were lacklustre in the second half of their 3-2 victory over AFC Fylde in the Emirates FA Cup, but gave full credit to his players for 'finding the way to win'.

"Respect has to be paid to Fylde, they have to take great credit out of the game because they were very unlucky to lose in the 90 minutes.

"We scored to equalise within the last 10 minutes, but in my opinion we never looked like equalising because we hardly created a chance in the second half.

"We were lacklustre, we weren't playing well, you could write a list of things of how bad we were, but you've got to give the lads a big pat on the back to be able to find a way to win."

Cook added that Latics are fully focused on their Sky Bet League One campaign, but says his league-leading side are committed to impressing in the cup.

"To be sitting where we are in the league and to be in the third round of the FA Cup... we'd have definitely taken that at the start of the season.

"The league is our bread an butter, but it's great to get through.

"Naturally we wanted to go through, we set ourselves targets and to be in the third round is exactly what we wanted for the club.

"We have to keep going now through a tough period of fixtures, that's what we're paid to do.  We're looking forward to the fixtures, especially the third round at Bournemouth.

"It's a big trip to Bournemouth for our supporters and we'll be up against a good side who are enjoying a very successful period."

Latics will now travel to AFC Bournemouth in the third round in January, and Cook says it's going to be a great test for his players against an established side.

"Bournemouth are a very good time and they're having a fantastic time in the Premier League.

"It's great credit to Eddie Howe for turning the his team into an established Premier League team.

"It'll be the shoe on the other foot for us when we turn up there because we'll be the team in the lower division looking to cause an upset and we'll certainly approach the game in the right way."

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