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4 November 2017

Gaffer pleased to see his side progress to the Second Round of the Emirates FA Cup with 2-1 win over Crawley Town.

  • WATCH: Paul Cook on Latics' win over Crawley Town in the Emirates FA Cup
  • Praise for Lee Evans from the gaffer, who admits result the priority in difficult tie
  • Cook: "The fact that we’re through is the main thing.”

Latics boss Paul Cook was pleased to his side get through a difficult tie against Crawley Town on Saturday afternoon as goals from Ivan Toney and Lee Evans secured a place in the Second Round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Reflecting post-match with iFollow Latics, Cook said:

“When you get these sorts of ties there’s always a great opportunity for teams from lower divisions to test themselves against bigger teams, and I thought Crawley were genuinely excellent and caused us problems with the way they broke and counter-attacked.

“We weren’t quite at it during the game and the crowd were getting quite agitated, which was rightly so and we don’t have a problem with that. The most important thing for us though is that we won the game and credit must go to the players.

“In a month or so when we play the Second Round game we won’t remember the way we played today, all we’ll remember is the result and I’m saying that without being disrespectful to anyone. The fact that we’re through is the main thing.”

Evans’ winner was a good worthy of winning any game and the gaffer heaped praise on the Wales international.

“Lee has got so much quality and he’s been a little bit down about himself recently since the sending off at Scunthorpe,” he explained. “He’s got great quality and the most important thing we can do as staff is to back our players, that’s so important. Nobody can play well every week but great credit to Lee today who had a big role in both goals today.”

And Cook finished by saying he will make changes on Tuesday night when Latics host Accrington.

“We’ll be very young now against Accrington on Tuesday and it’ll be a good opportunity for our youth lads to play.

“Our priority is the league followed by the FA Cup, and then obviously if we get through with our young team on Tuesday then we’ll be in the Checkatrade Trophy too.”

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