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REACTION: PAUL COOK REACTS TO PETERBOROUGH DEFEAT

23 September 2017

Latics manager Paul Cook reflects a dramatic game at The Abax Stadium

  • Wigan Athletic lose to Peterborough United in Sky Bet League One
  •  Latics manager Paul Cook reflects on Peterborough defeat
  • “We need to learn and move on”- Paul Cook

Latics manager Paul Cook says he will be looking for another reaction following the second defeat of the season.

PC ON A THRILLING GAME
It’s a thrilling game if you’re a Peterborough fan if you’re a Wigan fan it’s not a thrilling game. Credit to Peterborough for winning the game but reflecting on it for me I thought the game should have been over by half-time as a contest. You can’t create as many chances as we did in the first half and not have the game put to bed.

PC ON A POOR SECOND HALF
Peterborough threw caution to the wind a bit, a change of formation at half-time and their three lads in more forward positions caused us problems and scored goals, so from Peterborough’s point of view it’s a fantastic win, it’s a great three points. From our point of view not a good second half for us at all, I thought we found the game would be too easy and we’d just walk out and win. Unfortunately, football isn’t like that. We have to dust ourselves down quickly and move on.

PC ON DEFENSIVE RECORD
Goals disappoint people and goals make people better and for Peterborough to score the goal right after half-time, they get the joy of the goal and went on to win. You’ve got to give Peterborough credit, it’s easy for me to be critical of my players and referees, who’ve not given many decisions in our favour. That’s football, we don’t have problems with that, we’ve got to be better, we should have been more in control of the game and seen it out better.

PC ON MOVING ON
Getting a point would have been better and we could have moved on, but we ended up ridiculously deep, we don’t play like that but that sometimes happens in football, for as disappointed as I am, we move on, we play Plymouth at home Tuesday and that’s a chance to bounce back. We’ve got 19 points after nine games, I think everyone would be happy with that, you’ve got to move on quickly.

PC ON LIVING WITH EXPECTATION
Peterborough have done a lap of honour to their supporters at the end of the game, I’ve never seen that before in a league game when a team’s won and that’s what it’s like to beat Wigan. Good luck to Peterborough, they’re a good side, they’ve got good players, I’ve got no problem with that but they’ve only won a league game and it’s a long season for everyone. That’s the nature of the game we’re in, we’re a big scalp, everybody wants to beat us and celebrate beating us and it’s something our lads need to learn to manage situations like that.

 


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