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24 November 2017

Paul Cook looks ahead to Latics' Sky Bet League One visit to Rotherham United.

  • WATCH: Paul Cook discusses the news of the week ahead of Rotherham United v Latics.
  • Ryan Colclough, early team news and Paul Cook’s assessment of the Millers.
  • Updates on Dan Burn, Nick Powell, Christian Walton, Craig Morgan and Shaun MacDonald.

Paul Cook on Ryan Colclough

“His partner and the baby are doing great, that’s the most important thing.  Ryan had the easy side of the job scoring goals and turning up at the hospital.

“Everything has been great, it’s a lovely story and it’s had lots of media coverage, they’re all doing well and we’re really pleased for the family.”

Paul Cook on bouncing back against Doncaster

“I was delighted with the team’s response because in football things are going to another level of criticism and anger, all over the leagues.  Every team has got to be allowed a spell of games or a period of time, but for us bouncing back is exactly what the squad is about.

“I’m a firm believer in if we have success we’ll enjoy it together.  If by the end of the season we do have success then we’ll not remember the season for individual teams or performances, it will be for the success of the club.

“I’m really pleased with how the lads responded, but I must say I did expect them to bounce back in that way.”

Paul Cook on squad unity

“It’s key for everyone that work should be enjoyable, especially when we’re lucky enough to be in football.

“It’s lost on some in the game, but for us we remember the club we’re from and the town that we represent, so every time we go out onto the pitch we give 100% and do our best to represent what we believe in.”

Paul Cook on Rotherham United challenge

“They’re very good and very strong.  I watched them at Doncaster for the first time and I felt they were the better team and should have won the game.  We watched their game against Shrewsbury Town and for us they looked like the only team capable of winning the game at the end, but they got hit with a sucker punch in the last minute.

“Rotherham are one of the teams in the pack hovering around the play-offs, but from what I’ve seen of them they do deserve more points than they’ve got.

“I’m sure Paul (Warne) and his staff will be of the exact same opinion.  They’ll provide a formidable opponent come kick off.”

Paul Cook on Dan Burn’s suspension

“Alex Bruce will come in for Dan Burn who is suspended with five yellow cards.

“It’s a huge disappoint that we’ll travel over there without Dan, not just because he’s not playing, but because he’s been a really good character for me since I came to the club.  He’s a leader by example and a smashing lad with a fantastic appetite for the game.  I’m sure like all of the fans at the club are very proud to have Dan here.

“It’s disappointing, but it gives Alex a very good opportunity to come in.”

Paul Cook on Nick Powell

“Nick felt his hamstring last week and he had a tough weekend last week with sickness overnight.

“The hamstring injury hasn’t helped him, but we’re comfortable that it’s not damaged in relation to it being longer term.

“We’ll continue to monitor him but we don’t think it’s too much to worry about.  Saturday’s game will probably come to quick for Nick, but we’ll certainly be looking at the AFC Fylde game for him to come back.”

Paul Cook on long term injuries

“Shaun (MacDonald) and Craig (Morgan) are doing great. They’re both picking up their rehabilitation and progressing well, with Shaun returning to the grass this week.

“Christian Walton is improving as well and he’ll be back in the building this week.”

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