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9 September 2017

Latics boss reflects on his side's 1-0 defeat at Shrewsbury Town on Saturday afternoon.

  • REACTION: Paul Cook on Latics' 1-0 defeat at Shrewsbury Town.
  • Cook confirms Latics winger Ryan Colclough sent off after the final whistle.
  • Cook: "The lads are learning and sometimes when you make mistakes it can be painful, and today was painful."

Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook acknowledged his side must work harder to let their talent shine after they were handed a first league defeat of his tenure at Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.

Stefan Payne's goal was the difference between the two sides, with Paul Hurst's side jumping to the top of Sky Bet League One with the win.

However Cook admitted his side must work harder if they are to replicate the dominant displays they have in their previous four matches in this campaign.

"The lads are learning and sometimes when you make mistakes it can be painful, and today was painful," Cook said.

"We're very disappointed with the performance, in terms of quality, in terms of chances created, in terms of the way we must learn to manage disappointment within the game.

"My big thing is work ethic, desire; we know we are a talented team, with talented players but without the work ethic the talent will not be enough.

"We had great support today and we really thank them for travelling, it’s going to be a long season for everyone."

And it was that disappointment and frustration that saw Ryan Colclough sent off after the final whistle, with Cook confirming the winger's dismissal and that he will receive retrospective action from the club too as well as the subsequent suspension.

And Cook felt in general Latics didn't react to the hosts' goal well:

"At the minute we’ve had no disappointment as a team, right through pre-season and in general, we’ve never gone a goal behind and when we went that goal behind we just lost our way in the game completely.

"We were making as many bad decisions as possible all over the pitch, we had no concept in how to open them up properly it was all too hurried.

"A lot of our decisions lifted Shrewsbury and the crowd and gave them some adrenaline to keep going."

Cook added that a game on Tuesday at Charlton gives Latics the chance to bounce back immediately.

"The games come thick and fast," he added. "You don’t have time to blink, good runs or bad runs, you are always a minute away from disaster, that’s how football works

"You have your ups and downs but we go to Charlton on Tuesday, it will be a difficult game, then we bounce into Saturday's game, you must keep going and be positive."

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