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29 September 2017

Watch Latics manager Paul Cook look ahead to Saturday's game with Walsall at the DW Stadium.

  • WATCH: Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook looks ahead to his side's match with Walsall.
  • Cook says Latics will make a judgement on Nick Powell's availability today.
  • Cook: "They’ve had some good results recently against some good teams, and they’re not often beaten."

PC on Walsall

Walsall are a good side who are having a good season. They continue to punch above their weight, play good football and in my opinion won’t come here to sit off us, they’ll come to win the game which is always good for the neutral. It’ll be a very difficult fixture for us.

PC on Jon Whitney

I think Jon’s done a fantastic job there. It’s always hard when you follow someone like Dean Smith but the biggest compliment you can pay John and his staff is that Dean hasn’t been missed and that’s great credit to him. It’s a fantastically well run football club, and they’ve got players who play the game the correct way and are very competitive. They’ve had some good results recently against some good teams, and they’re not often beaten.

PC on squad update

Nick Powell had a bit of a knock on Tuesday night and we’ll be looking at that one today. Generally in and around the squad we’re okay, but we’ll always have different bumps and bruises along the way due to the nature of how quickly the games come.

PC on having such a strong squad

Callum Elder featured on Tuesday night for Reece James who I think has been fantastic for us so far this season. We’ve got Max Power who has come on as substitute a couple of times but never got on the other night, and of course Gary Roberts started against Northampton but hasn’t been seen since, and I thought Gary played well by the way not to have been seen since. What that shows is that we’ve got a very strong squad and we’re very pleased with how things are going. Tuesday’s result was important for us because it gave us that buffer to say we have had a good start, but that’s all it is. We go into the next set of fixtures now looking to progress the same way.

PC on how the team are playing

The chances will come for the players and they’ll come when they probably least expect it. In general we’re playing quite well, and even with the disappointment of Peterborough we created a lot of chances and probably should have got something out of the game.

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