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24 April 2018

Boss pleased players found a way to get a point which keeps Sky Bet League One title bid in our own hands on difficult evening at the Memorial Stadium.

  • WATCH: Paul Cook on Latics’ 1-1 draw with Bristol Rovers
  • Cook says conditions were difficult and the hosts were the better side on testing evening
  • Cook: “Great credit to the lads for finding a way to get a point which leaves us still in a strong position with two games to go.”

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook spoke to iFollow Latics after Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw at Bristol Rovers.

Speaking post-match after Ryan Colclough’s late leveller for his side, Cook said:

“We never lack character as a team do we?

“First of all, I want to thank the Wigan fans that travelled down tonight; they were absolutely soaking wet and they stayed with the lads and got behind them so great credit to them for that.

“We never played well in the game and were second best for the majority of the game so great credit to the lads for finding a way to get a point which leaves us still in a strong position with two games to go.

“Bristol Rovers were excellent tonight, they played really well and they moved the ball well. They were a constant threat and kept getting in behind us and created chances.

“We were very fortunate to take a point tonight so great credit to Darrell and his team.”

Cook was pleased with the way his side dealt with another game in their heavy fixture programme against one of League One’s strongest sides, especially on their own patch.

“After the promotion at the weekend, it was always going to be a difficult night and first-half we didn’t hit anywhere near the heights of Saturday,” Cook explained.

“I said to the players at half-time that there were travelling supporters here and for them we want to do our best to stay unbeaten and get to that 100 points.”

Latics will play their final home game of the season on Saturday when they host AFC Wimbledon at the DW Stadium and Cook says he is excited to celebrate promotion with our home supporters.

“We look forward to Saturday, we’ll have a bumper crowd on and it is a chance for us all to celebrate our promotion with our own fans,” he said.

“Wimbledon are a good side, Neal has done an amazing job there and it will be a difficult game.

“We’ll try and get more rest into the lads now, they’ve had some unreal journeys and hopefully we get a result on Saturday to take it to the last game against Blackburn and what will be, will be.”

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