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3 November 2017

Watch Paul Cook look ahead to Saturday's match with Crawley Town in the Emirates FA Cup.

  • WATCH: Paul Cook on the Emirates FA Cup and Wigan Athletic v Crawley Town
  • Paul Cook on his FA Cup memories
  • Cook: “I love the FA Cup and have got some great memories of the competition.”

Paul Cook on the FA Cup

I love the FA Cup and have got some great memories of the competition. I think back to the days when people were all sat in front of TVs and the cameras would be on the team coaches following them from the hotel to the ground, and that’s what the FA Cup used to be to a lot of us. It’s an exciting time for everyone though and we all want to get to the Third Round because obviously the big boys come into it then so there’s a chance of getting a glamour tie. I want us to be as competitive as we can be but we all know our main aspiration this year is to try and be promoted.

Paul Cook on his memories playing for Latics in the FA Cup in 1986-87

We got beat by Leeds on a Sunday morning and it was such an exciting time for us as players. I think Leeds lost to Coventry at Hillsborough in the semi-final and obviously Coventry then went on to beat Tottenham at Wembley. The cup run was great for us and we took a couple of big scalps. The town was buzzing but probably only a small percentage compared to what it was like when Ben Watson’s header went in against Manchester City. The cup means a great deal to the club and we’ll be doing our very best to get through the tie on Saturday afternoon.

Paul Cook on the team he was in at Wigan

They were really enjoyable times and we had a great team. There were a lot of young lads coming through from Liverpool such as David Lowe, Paul Jewell and Mike Newell.

Paul Cook on team selection

There will be a couple of changes but it will be a very, very strong side we put out. There’s no way we’re looking at this competition to play a weakened team. Michael Jacobs has been carrying his thigh so he won’t be involved and there might be another possible change, but other than that we’ll be at full strength. We want to be in the competition because we feel it can be healthy for us.

Paul Cook on priorities this season

Every club is different and will have their own way of thinking, but the league is the priority for us this year. We deem the FA Cup to be a very good competition so we do want to do our very best in it, and then after that the Carabao Cup and the Checkatrade Trophy were not on the list of priorities. Our fans can be assured though that when they turn up on Saturday there won’t be any major surprises on the teamsheet.

Paul Cook on Crawley

It’s obviously Harry Kewell’s first senior job in management and I know Warren Feeney very well. It’ll be a tough game for us because they’ve had a couple of really good results recently by drawing against Luton and Lincoln, so they’ve proven what a difficult team they can be to break down. They also possess pace in wide areas and have Panutche Camará up front who is an athletically strong striker. They’ll cause us problems and as we know there will be teams going out of the FA Cup who don’t think they will, and we do not want to be one of those but are well aware that we could be.

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