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28 April 2018

Latics boss Paul Cook reflects on our final home game of the season against AFC Wimbledon.

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Speaking to iFollow Latics after the 1-1 draw with AFC Wimbledon in the final home game of the season, Paul Cook said he was happy with his side's efforts in the second half, and is determined to seal the title at Doncaster Rovers next Saturday.

"I can't grumble, we didn't play well in the first half. It's tough these days, you get over the line and promoted and there's a sense of achievement, but there's so much more to play for.

"First half we just weren't at it, we had no energy. Whatever criticism I aim at them for the first half, I certainly can't for the second half because I thought we were excellent.

"We created numerous chances and the keeper made a couple of great saves, any other day we would have won the game."

Latics could have sealed the Sky Bet League One title with a victory after Blackburn Rovers fell to a 1-0 defeat away at Charlton Athletic, but it wasn't to be. Cook continued:

"It's disappointing not to win the league in front of our home fans, especially with Blackburn's result going in our favour.

"We're two points ahead and a point would win us the league at Doncaster, so it gives us a reason to keep on going.

"Great credit to our supporters because they created an excellent atmosphere and the players got energy from that in the second half. We created enough chances to win the game, but unfortunately for us it wasn't to be.

"Wimbledon have got to be credited for being so solid in defence and for starting the game so positively.

"Neal and his staff should be delighted and we wish them well for the rest of their campaign.

"The team talk at half time was very much that we didn't want to end our home campaign in that manner. Certainly in the second half, and I'm sure our supporters will agree, we looked like the only team that would win the game.

"It was lovely to see the stadium like that today, everyone was smiling and happy which is why it was disappointing not to win the title for them, but we'll take a big support over to Doncaster and whatever will be will be.

"Hopefully we can create a day to remember in such a big travelling support.

"We've got a full week to prepare for Doncaster, you could see players like Max Power on their last legs, rightly so, because he's been outstanding all season, as have so many of the other lads. We can have a good rest this week and put everything into our preparations to make sure we finish the season with a smile."

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