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18 September 2017

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook looking forward to facing The Cobblers

  • Paul Cook previews Latics v Northampton Town.
  • “We want to do everything we can to make it back to back home wins.” – Paul Cook
  • Cook: “We hope Nick Powell will be available for selection.”

Latics manager Paul Cook looks ahead to the game against Northampton Town at the DW Stadium

PC on Bristol Rovers win
“I think any time you get three points it’s a good weekend. In terms of the performance it was a mixed bag because we didn’t start the game particularly strongly and the sending off had a massive influence on the game, but from there on in we obviously took control of the game which you would expect playing against 10 men. We then had a nervy last quarter of an hour which resulted in the penalty and a couple of other little incidents in the game which probably shouldn’t have happened, but we can’t be too critical of them really, especially how they responded to the defeat at Shrewsbury with two great victories.

PC on preparing for Northampton
“We can debate football for days but the most important thing is that we move on to the next game, which is obviously Northampton on Tuesday night. We’re preparing the best we can and doing what we believe is right by giving our opponents maximum respect, which is what Northampton deserve. They’ve got a very strong team and in Jimmy they’ve got a manager who has great experience of promotions and managing in the Championship, so we know we’ve got our hands full with them.

PC on Northampton
“Their results have certainly improved since Jimmy came in, but I wouldn’t be privy to know how Northampton have been playing in games, so I wouldn’t be that disrespectful to give comment on stuff but certainly results wise they’ve picked up. I’m sure Justin (Edinburgh) will have his reasons too for why the results weren’t as they were, but that’s Northampton’s business and certainly not mine. Jimmy’s obviously got great experience like I say, and we’re looking forward to a good game because it gives us a chance to catch up on our game in hand.

PC on Nick Powell
“With Nick it genuinely is just fatigue and down to the amount of games he’s played. He’s fit to play on Tuesday which is pleasing for us all, but obviously the volume of games he’s been involved in this season in such a short space of time will always catch up with him. We’ll monitor and manage that throughout the season as staff.

“Any team with Nick Powell in their side in this division makes you a lot, lot better for the calibre of player he is. He’s obviously got his reasons for his injuries and why his career hasn’t progressed, but certainly now with him being fit from week to week he’s very influential in how we play. We’re all now seeing the Nick Powell that we all know is there.

PC on Chey Dunkley and Ryan Colclough returning from their suspensions
“The lads will come back into the squad, but again we just look at how we’ve been playing and we’ll pick the team that we feel is correct and gives us the best opportunity of winning the game. Will Grigg has come into the side recently and got a goal, Gavin Massey’s scoring goals, Nick Powell is scoring so too Ivan Toney and Michael Jacobs, so as a manager you do enjoy that competition for places. 

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