Latics boss Paul Cook says his side are ready to go the extra yard against AFC Fylde in the FA Cup.
- Paul Cook looks ahead to Latics' Emirates FA Cup clash at AFC Fylde on Friday night.
- Nick Powell to return from injury and Dan Burn to return from suspension.
- Paul Cook discusses his time in the 'special' competition.
Paul Cook on AFC Fylde
“It’s a great game for AFC Fylde and it’s a no-lose situation for them. I think they’re a great club and a progressive club with a chairman who has done everything properly.
“Dave Challinor has done a fantastic job coming through the divisions to the National League and they’re continually planning for the future.
“Nowadays football in general is so short term and that’s not the right way. Fylde are doing everything properly, I hope they get knocked out of the FA Cup on Friday night, but if they don’t and they get through then I’ll be the first to congratulate them and wish them well.
“Training will have a buzz to it for the Fylde lads today. The cameras have been around the place this week adding to the excitement.
“We have to make sure our lads are feeling that same excitement for the game and the competition as a whole. We have to turn up tomorrow night as the team wanting to win the most. That will be the big factor on the night because I can guarantee you Fylde will go an extra yard.
“We plan on doing the same and bringing our quality through.”
Paul Cook on team selection
“We’ll have a full-strength team with lots of momentum in the squad after our back-to-back wins.
“We’ve got Dan Burn and Nick Powell back in the squad adding to our strength after suspension and injury, and we’ve made good progress for our longer-term injured players Shaun MacDonald, Craig Morgan and Christian Walton.”
Paul Cook on what the FA Cup means
“It’s without a doubt a special competition for me. My early memories of playing in the FA Cup are with Wigan Athletic and our cup run in the 1980s.
“You only have to walk into the building here at the training ground and there are pictures of Mr Whelan holding the FA Cup in front of thousands of Wigan fans at Wembley.
“It’s plain to see the special place the competition holds in the club’s history and in the history of English football.”
Paul Cook on Luke Burke missing the second round due to loan agreement
“It’s a real shame Luke can’t play because he’s gone there to get experience. If it was down to me I’d let him play tomorrow night because the experience in front of 6,000 people and live on television would have been great for him.
“Having said that, the thought of Luke celebrating with Fylde doesn’t sit right with me.
“In all seriousness, he’s doing really well there and I’m sure he’ll continue to kick off after this match at what is a very good club.”