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20 November 2017

Paul Cook shares his thoughts as Latics look to bounce back against Doncaster Rovers.

  • WATCH: Paul Cook speaks to iFollow Latics ahead of Doncaster Rovers’ visit.
  • “It’s all about how you react to the disappointment.” – Cook
  • Cook – “Darren (Ferguson) is a great lad and a proven quality manager.”

Paul Cook on bouncing back from Bradford City

“You’d always expect the players to be a bit flat and a bit down because it’s the first time we’ve tasted defeat in the league at home this season. There’s always going to be disappointment in football because it’s part and parcel of the game, but it’s how you react to the disappointment and we’ll certainly find out how that is tomorrow night.

“Nowadays there’s so much negativity around the game, it’s quite sad really, but we can’t change that. All we can focus on is the fact we’re only 17 games into a 46-game season, and there will be plenty more disappointments along the way, but our job is to get as many points as we can and hopefully that comes with a win tomorrow night.”

Paul Cook on Darren Ferguson’s Doncaster Rovers

“Darren (Ferguson) is a great lad and a proven quality manager who has numerous promotions on his CV and has managed in the Championship. Doncaster have got good players and Darren’s teams always play a good style of football. They’ll be a threat tomorrow night but every game these days is difficult and you can’t turn up thinking you’ll be alright against some teams because those days have gone.

“It’ll be a similar game to Saturday because you’ll have two teams on the pitch trying to win the game. We came off second best at the weekend but will be doing everything we can to bounce back against Doncaster.”

Paul Cook on Nick Powell

“He was being sick over the weekend and he felt his hamstring on Saturday, so it will be watch this space with Nick.  I’m certainly not going to risk players and I don’t buy into the whole ‘let’s wait until six o’clock tomorrow night’, because we’ve got a strong squad at the club and players chomping at the bit, so if Nick’s not feeling right then we know we have quality to come in.”

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