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25 September 2017

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook looking forward to Tuesday

  • Paul Cook previews Latics v Plymouth Argyle
  • “Another reaction like Shrewsbury would be fantastic.” – Paul Cook
  • Cook: “We know this will be a tough game.”

Latics manager Paul Cook looks ahead to the game against Plymouth Argyle at the DW Stadium.

Looking forward to Plymouth?
Yes, I am, especially after a defeat. The best way to bounce back is by getting three points on the board and a good, solid performance. Plymouth will of course have a big say in that and we’ll respect them because it’ll be a very difficult game.

The team will take a lot of heart from how they reacted after the Shrewsbury game, won’t they?
We reacted very well after the Shrewsbury game and picked up three wins on the bounce, so if we could do the same that would be fantastic. There were a lot of good things to come out of the Peterborough game but there was also a lot of bad things.

You’ll know Derek Adams and his side quite well from last season?
Plymouth had a great year last season and were our main challengers for two years while I was at Portsmouth. They have had a little bit of an indifferent start since moving up a division and I’m sure Derek, the staff and his players will be disappointed by that. They’ll be looking at Tuesday night’s game as a chance to get back to winning ways, so we know it’ll be tough.

They’ve got some good players in their team, haven’t they?
They’re a good side and their position at the moment won’t look great but we’ve only played nine games. People get far too high too quickly and far too low too quickly, and I’m sure Derek and his staff are working as hard as they can on putting things right. From my experiences against them they’re always a very strong team and are fit and difficult to play against. They cause teams threats not just in open play but from set-pieces, so we know we’ve got a hard game on our hands.

We’ve got a good record at the DW so far though, so you must be proud of that?
We’re very pleased in general with how we’re playing but we’ll always get disappointment and I’ve said that all along. Going in at half time on Saturday it was a game we didn’t think we could possibly lose, but 45 minutes later we’ve lost it and there’s reasons for that. It’s a learning curve for us and we must look at what we did well and what we didn’t do so well.

Without giving your team away, Nick Powell is the one we have to monitor this week, how is he?
Yes, it’s the same for Powelly as it is Will Grigg when Ivan came in for him on Saturday. Will had just started three games for the first time since March so we’re always monitoring players’ minutes on the pitch. Samy Morsy comes back into contention on Tuesday so we’re aware of who needs games and who doesn’t. We’ll pick the team we think has the best chance of winning. 

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