Watch Paul Cook on Latics' 2-1 defeat to Bradford City on Saturday afternoon.
- WATCH: Paul Cook on Latics’ 2-1 defeat to Bradford City
- Cook admits Bradford deserved win at the DW Stadium
- Cook: “We’ve come across a team today that were better than us on the day.”
Paul Cook said Bradford fully deserved their win at the DW Stadium this afternoon as Tyrell Robinson’s late goal condemned Latics to their first home league defeat of the season.
Charlie Wyke had the Bantams ahead in the 14th minute but Cook’s men found a way back into the game before the break through Chey Dunkley.
With the game heading for a draw, substitute Robinson’s effort from 20 yards beat Jamie Jones and ensured the Bantams headed back to West Yorkshire with all three points.
After the game, Cook said: “Nobody likes to lose and I think the late goal has made it feel more painful than what it probably is, but the reality is Bradford were the better team for much of the game. They should take all the credit and were deserved winners in my opinion.
“We can start to go on about this and that but I’m not a manager who makes excuses. We’ve had a very strong start to the season and we’re in a good position. We’ve come across a team today that were better than us on the day.”
Latics suffered a blow during the first half when Nick Powell came off with an injury, but Cook was quick to praise the Bantams’ performance.
“We would have been happy with a point today and our fans wanted a substitute here and there, but with Nick Powell coming off early we had to be careful. Tonight we’ll get a bit of criticism but that’s what football is about.
“We’ll have a look at Nick tonight but we think it’s his hamstring. Our disappointment and how much we’re hurting shouldn’t come out in post-match press conferences, so for me Bradford deserve the credit and should take the credit.”
Cook is hoping for a response from his players when they welcome Doncaster Rovers on Tuesday evening.
“We’ve got to bounce back and that’s what is great about football. We normally bounce back from disappointment but it’s about the group understanding certain aspects of the game such as desire, work ethic and how much we really want it.”