Boss reflects on first defeat in eight Sky Bet League One games as Latics go down 2-1 at Portsmouth.
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Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook says he couldn’t fault his side’s effort on a disappointing day all round as Latics fell to a first defeat in eight Sky Bet League One matches at Portsmouth on Easter Monday.
Cook watched on as goals from Brett Pitman and Jamal Lowe either side of half-time secured the win for Pompey, despite a late Will Grigg goal.
Reflecting post-match with iFollow Latics, Cook said:
“I thought it was a good game; a really good atmosphere inside the stadium and I thought Portsmouth’s fans gave them great energy when they got behind them.
“They scored goals at vital times and we felt were in control of the game at those points. The penalty decision is a big decision but that is part and parcel of the game and I couldn’t fault our lads’ effort and work ethic, we kept going but the ball never bounced for us like it should. It was a disappointing day all round, but we move on.
“We felt we could have had a couple of penalties in the first-half with a couple of key decisions – the handball from the free-kick and when Michael Jacobs got in behind [Nathan] Thompson but they never went for us. It was Portsmouth’s day and we wish them well, they are on a good run.”
Cook praised his side’s desire to find a way back into the game as they created a number of chances and were twice thwarted by excellent saves from Luke McGee in the Portsmouth goal.
“I thought we kept threatening,” Cook added. “The lads were very good and honest and we had a couple of chances; Powelly got in behind, the keeper has made a great save from Griggy and Ryan Colclough has had a chance.
“We are disappointed, we thought we could come here today, play well and possibly win and stamp our authority on the division but, unfortunately, we haven’t done that.”
And Cook finished by saying his side have enjoyed the highs of their recent form and it is important they now taste the disappointment of defeat ahead of their final eight games of the campaign.
“We are down to eight games and it is the nature of the game that there will be twists and turns for everyone,” Cook finished.
“It is good to enjoy football when you are winning but I think when you get beat it is also important that you feel that disappointment and you taste it.
“It is a tough journey home for the boys, we are third in the league – albeit with games in hand – and it is in our hands to get points on the board and get us back to where we want to be.”