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PAUL COOK: "I ALWAYS ENJOY GAMES AGAINST MK DONS, THEY HAVE A GOOD ETHOS OF HOW THEY WANT TO PLAY."

6 April 2018

Paul Cook looks ahead to Latics' Sky Bet League One clash with MK Dons at the DW Stadium.

  • Preview: Paul Cook on Wigan Athletic v MK Dons.
  • Latics have a fully fit squad to chose from for the visit of MK.
  • Cook looking forward to facing Dons' passing style of play at the DW Stadium.

Speaking to iFollow Latics at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre on Friday morning, Sky Bet League One Manager of the Month for March, Paul Cook, shared his thoughts ahead of Saturday's clash with MK Dons at the DW Stadium.

PC ON... MK DONS

"With the exception of Monday, they're on a good run and they're a difficult side to play against because of the way they dominate the ball.

"It's a tough league and the bottom four is a tough place to be. There are teams in the bottom four that people didn't expect to see in there and vice-versa towards the higher end of the table.

"It's been a difficult season and there's still a long way to go, so whilst MK Dons will be very disappointed with their league position, I'm sure they'll be comfortable with the standard of players they have in their team and their pursuit of getting out of the relegation places.

"MK Dons have always been hard to play against since the days of Karl Robinson as manager. They've always had a good ethos on the game and how it should be played. Every club has the ability to decide how they want the game to be played and for me as a manager it's always been enjoyable playing against MK Dons because they're always good games.

"It's challenging because at any given moment they can open you up, they've got some very good players in their team and we're under no illusions of how difficult the game will be."

PC ON... THE SKY BET LEAGUE ONE TEAM OF THE YEAR

"With all due respect, you can see why our four lads made the team because to date we've had a very strong season.

"We've had an outstanding number of games to play and we've turned up repetitively and done well in the majority. It's great for the players, but we have to stay focused with such an important game against MK Dons at such an important stage of the season.

"We can't allow ourselves to get distracted by awards. We're all delighted with the awards, but we have to stay on target to achieve what we set out to achieve at the start of the season."

PC ON... TEAM NEWS

"We're good with injuries and suspensions, everyone is available and focused on what we want to achieve between now and the end of the season.

"Griggy and Vaughany had fitness tests ahead of Portsmouth and Vaughany was ahead of Griggy.

"The two lads have come through that now, they've had good rest periods and they're fit and available for selection."

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