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18 July 2017

Gaffer looking to quickly move on after disappointing performance at the Merseyrail Community Stadium against Southport.

  • Watch: Paul Cook on his side’s 0-0 draw with Southport.
  • “A disappointing performance but we are looking forward to getting back to the training ground,” says Cook.
  • Words on returning Samy Morsy and Chey Dunkley from Cook.

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook felt his side’s performance was disappointing at Southport on Tuesday night, but the boss did stress he has been pleased with his players’ work in general in pre-season to date.

Speaking post-match to iFollow Latics, Cook said:

“It was a disappointing performance in general but you see so many of these types of games in pre-season.

“There was a fantastic travelling support here though and credit to them for coming across.

“The pitch was difficult for the lads to try and pass the ball around, so all in all it ends up a very frustrating night because we made a lot of mistakes during the game. We were a lot more interested in passing the ball than penetrating the ball, but that’s what pre-season is about. 

“I’m really pleased with the lads’ attitude at the moment though, I must say that. We’re all looking forward to getting back to the training ground now and getting back to work.”

Samy Morsy’s return to action and Chey Dunkley’s first appearance did impress the boss, though. 

“It was Chey and Samy’s first games back in and we’ve also got a few more lads out, so the squad’s coming together well. We’re still looking to move one or two out and are still actively looking to maybe bring a few in too, so it’s very much work in progress.

“I’m a massive Samy Morsy fan. I was lucky enough to work with him at Chesterfield and any team with him in it is a good team, but we’ve got a lot of good players. The confidence of some of them just needs re-building.”

Paul also gave updates on the fitness of Craig Morgan and Nick Powell, stating Morgan missed the game with a minor back problem whilst Powell has been training well of late and is progressing well.

The gaffer is also encouraged by the work of Andy Kellett and Will Grigg in their respective bids to get fit for the new season.

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