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11 September 2017

Gaffer looks ahead to Tuesday night’s trip to the capital where Latics face Charlton Athletic.

  • WATCH: Paul Cook looks ahead to Wigan Athletic’s trip to Charlton Athletic.
  • Cook says friend Karl Robinson has put together a very strong team at the Valley.
  • Cook: “One little blip hasn’t made us a bad team”

Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook says his side can’t get too low on the back of their first defeat of the campaign as they face a long trip to the capital on Tuesday night to face Charlton Athletic.

The Addicks, like Latics, have started the season in good touch and will provide a stern test for Cook’s side but the manager is keen to ensure the spirits of both the players and supporters remain high despite Saturday’s defeat at Shrewsbury Town.

“The squad will always have a big part to play at every club,” Cook said. “As our supporters will find out with me, I’m not a manager who chops and changes and never will be, I’m not that type of person.

“Our job is to make players not destroy them, and I believe in the whole squad and the players here.

“I think there’s a correct time for change and I also think there’s a wrong time, and that doesn’t mean there won’t be changes on Tuesday because logic tells you there will be, but if you look back at our last few performances we’ve been excellent at times, so one little blip doesn’t make us a bad team.

“Every game is the same in this league and they come around so fast. What myself and my staff have learnt over the past few years is that is such a long campaign.

“People can get far too high too quickly and certainly now far too low, so for us it’s about having our team playing the way we want them to play and being fit enough to carry that out, which will yield results.”

Tuesday’s hosts are managed by someone Cook knows well in fellow Liverpudlian Karl Robinson.

And Cook says the Addicks should be pleased with their start.

“Karl’s a good lad and has put together a very strong team,” he continued. “They’ve had a really good start and I was lucky enough to see them at Oldham, so they’ll be very pleased with how they’re doing.

“The most important thing though is that we look after ourselves because after Charlton we’ve then got four games out of five at home, so it’s all about giving ourselves time to breathe and not looking at league tables too quickly because people can get carried away.”

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