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30 September 2017

Boss says win was hard-fought as Latics make it four DW wins on the bounce.

  • WATCH: Paul Cook on Latics’ 2-0 win over Walsall.
  • Boss praises the Saddlers and says his side had to fight hard for the win.
  • “We didn’t move the ball as well as we could but we’ve played a lot of games recently,” says Cook.

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook says his side were forced to fight hard for their three points as they recorded a fourth consecutive victory with a 3-0 win over Walsall on Saturday afternoon.

Speaking to iFollow Latics after the game, Cook said:

“It was a very hard-fought win for us. I thought Walsall were excellent and posed a threat throughout the game. We were never comfortable in the game and they deserve great credit for that. My players deserve credit though too for the way they saw the game out.

“We’re really pleased with three points because we looked leggy today. We never moved the ball as well as we could but we’ve played a lot of games recently, but we’ve got a week now to recover.”

Cook replaced Reece James with Callum Elder from the start and explained it was simply a rest for the full back – who has played nine consecutive league games after 18 months out – whilst Max Power and David Perkins made substitute appearances.

“Reece has been excellent for us but we left him out today because he had a bang against Peterborough and had a bit of a knock against Plymouth, and in the end these things catch up with you,” Cook explained. “That’s football though and that’s why the squad is important.

“I thought Max was excellent when he came on and Perks the same at half time. These are good players we’re talking about and they’re experienced lads. Well done to Max on his achievement and well done to the team as well.”

Will Grigg scored twice for Latics and Cook is now keen to move on to Scunthorpe on Saturday.

“I was delighted for Will getting two goals but we’ve got great faith in all of our players, but it was indeed a good day for him.

“It’s important we just keep going now and put pressure on the teams around us, because we know bad days are never far away.”

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