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17 October 2017

Gaffer reflects on point at Priestfield as Latics extend their unbeaten run to five games.

  • WATCH: Paul Cook on Latics’ 1-1 draw at Gillingham
  • Cook praises character and says his side will now recover well for Blackpool on Saturday
  • Cook: “We are on 32 points now and it is a fantastic start from the lads, great credit to them.”

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook praised his side’s character in his post-match assessment with iFollow Latics following Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw at Gillingham.

Speaking post-match, he said:

“I’m delighted with the character the lads showed; just after Gillingham scored their goal we lost our way in the game – a bit like at Shrewsbury – and we started to do things that aren’t us, but it was important we reverted to type and we did.

“I thought Gary Roberts had a good impact when he come and I was delighted to get the draw on the road; it was good for the supporters who travelled because nobody likes getting beat and it is a long way home.

“To draw from a losing position is good, albeit first-half we started the game excellently and should have scored when we were on top.

“Great credit to Gillingham, though, they fought for every inch of the game all the way, it was a good contest throughout, a really competitive game played in a good spirit so we take the point and move on to Blackpool on Saturday.”

Cook was pleased his side collected a point from the game after falling behind, praising Samy Morsy’s wonderful leveller and the way his side regrouped following a difficult period after Tom Eaves’ opener for the Gills.

“We can’t create pressure,” he added. “In training we can’t create atmospheres in away grounds like just after we went behind when they had a five-minute spell where they could have scored again.

“We became open, became distracted with the game, because we feel like we had to score in a breath and you don’t because if you have belief in what you do then you stay on the same page, keep moving the ball and you start to get through them more.

“Great credit to Samy it was a fantastic goal; we are on 32 points now and it is a fantastic start from the lads, great credit to them because we have been down to Charlton, been here on a Tuesday night so we are pleased and have a really exciting month coming up.”

Latics will now stay down south on Tuesday before heading back to Wigan following a recovery session tomorrow, in preparation for Saturday’s trip to Blackpool.

“Fair play to the Chairman and the club for letting us stay down here for the second consecutive night,” Cook continued. “Last time at Charlton we got home at 3am and it kicked on for the following weekend.

“We have a big game on Saturday so it’s the right thing to do; the lads will train again in the morning, have a swim, recover well and travel back to Wigan to look forward to the Blackpool game.”

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