Boss looks ahead to hotly-anticipated Sky Bet League One clash at Blackpool.
- WATCH: Paul Cook looks ahead to Wigan Athletic v Blackpool
- Cook: "Having over 2,000 fans with us on Saturday will be great."
- Cook confirms Will Grigg out for 2-3 weeks.
We caught up with Paul Cook this morning, with the full transcript of his interview below and available to watch FREE on iFollow Latics above.
PC on Blackpool
This was one of the fixtures we looked for at the start of the season with it being within a proximity of a derby match. We have a great relationship with Gary Bowyer and his staff so it was genuinely a game we were looking forward to. It’ll be a fiercely contested game and they’ve got a really good record at home which just shows what we’re going into. Gary will be doing his best to tell everyone we’re favourites and how good a team we are, but secretly they’ll be looking to beat us and like I say they’re a very good team at home. Gary’s done a great job there and they’re now flirting with the play-offs after promotion last year. It’ll be a very difficult game for us.
PC on previous meetings with Blackpool this season
We’ve beaten them a couple of times in cup competitions so far this season but I think Gary and myself probably both know how the game will turn out in relation to the fact that we’ll probably have more possession than them at times. They’ve got a cutting edge though and are passing the ball a lot better than what Gary’s teams have done in the past. They’re concentrating more on ball retention and penetration now and have been playing 4-3-3 recently which may change tomorrow.
PC on the travelling Latics support
Our fans have been terrific so far this season. We didn’t really know what to expect when we came into the club because there’d been such a change the previous campaign, but the fans have been great with us. They’ve been in their numbers everywhere we’ve been and it’s all part of a journey that will hopefully see us get to where we want to be. There’s nothing guaranteed in football and there’s such a long way to go, but having over 2,000 fans with us on Saturday will be great.
PC on recovery after the Gillingham game
All managers will have a different opinion about how they do things and I don’t think there’s a right way or a wrong way. We had a really poor journey back after the Charlton game and thought it’d be better to try something different for Gillingham. We’ll continually poke and change to try and get the right solution, but at the end of the day the right solution is the result on Saturday. If we get beat at Blackpool then it wasn’t a good decision, if we win it’ll be a great one and if we draw then I’m sure we’ll all have another think about it! The lads are in a great place and are a good group to work with.
PC on Will Grigg
We’re thinking he’ll be out for about two to three weeks so whilst we’re disappointed it’s probably a lot better news than what we thought. By the time we have a free week in relation to league games, he’ll then be looking to come back into contention for the Rochdale game or even the one after. It’s not as bad as first thought although it’s a bit of a blow.