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8 September 2017

Boss discusses Saturday’s opponents, Christian Walton’s injury, Matija Sarkic and big travelling support at Shrewsbury.

  • WATCH: Paul Cook looks ahead to Wigan Athletic v Shrewsbury Town.
  • Boss praises Shrewsbury’s start to the campaign.
  • Cook confirms Christian Walton to miss 8-10 weeks.

PC on fans forum

“I enjoyed the night and think it’s really important that you have a connection with the supporters these days. In the modern game it’s not possible to have everything going great all the time and to keep everyone happy, but certainly last night was an enjoyable one.”

PC on Shrewsbury

“You might say they’ve been doing better than what people expected in terms of expectancy at the start of the season, but I think Paul and his staff would have been quite confident going into this campaign because they’ll have had a chance to look at the league last year and have recruited well over the summer, so people who underestimate teams like Shrewsbury will do so at their peril.”

PC on Shrewsbury’s style of play

“In general most teams who are doing well have good players. I certainly think they’ve worked really hard on their shape and they’ve got a good squad. The couple of loans they’ve brought in are strong loans, and other lads have had time to gel too so I don’t think it’s any type of fluke for me that they’re doing so well. They’re a very good side.”

PC on Christian Walton

“I think he’s going to be out for 8-10 weeks and while that’s very disappointing for Christian and us as a club, it’s part and parcel of the game and injuries will always happen. He had started the season very confidently and very well, but it’s important we manage that now.”

PC on Matija Starkic

“We’re really pleased that he’s come in and Jamie (Jones) has obviously been here now for a period of time as well, but it’s not ideal for us that we’ve only had a day or two to assess everything. Through Nick Colgan (goalkeeping coach) and the rest of the staff we’ll make the right decision.”

PC on squad update

“Three of the lads have come back from international duty in good spirits. Samy’s had a good win with Egypt and Lee Evans was involved in the Welsh squad that had two fantastic wins. They’re very buoyant by the results of their countries so the rest of the group have trained well and we’re just looking forward now to what will hopefully be a really good week.”

PC on international recognition

“I think any type of international recognition for any player is good, and for clubs who can get two or three lads called up is great. We want more players playing international football and want to grow stronger as a club, which is a good way of looking at it for the future.”

PC on the fans’ support

“The lads are well aware of it and we’ve been delighted with the support so far, it’s been really bang on and terrific so long may it continue.”

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