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14 April 2018

Latics boss Paul Cook discusses his side's goalless draw against Rotherham United.

  • Reaction: Paul Cook on Latics 0 Rotherham United 0.
  • Latics look to move on quickly with Oxford United at the DW Stadium on Tuesday.
  • Nick Powell's first half knock to be assessed in the coming days.

Speaking to iFollow Latics following the 0-0 draw with Rotherham United at the DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon, boss Paul Cook was pleased to remain on top of the Sky Bet League One table with five games to go.

"We didn't play as well as we have done recently, but that's no disrespect to the opposition because Rotherham caused us no end of problems," Cook began.

"We took control for periods of the second half but for me a draw is a fair result. I said to the lads in the dressing room that it's a long season and to concentrate on continuing to add points on. We can't win every game and steam roll every team, football is not like that. It's a difficult game and every point towards the end of the season is golden.

"Great credit to Rotherham, we've been a free-scoring team recently and we didn't look like that today, so that's credit to the opposition.

"They looked strong and fit in the latter stages of the game and we were comfortable to take a draw at that stage.

"We're disappointed not to win at home, but we've had a tough run of games recently and it's important that we rest up and go again because every game is a big game.

"We created a couple of good chances towards the end of the game, but all-in-all a point brings us up to 87 and that's a fantastic tally at this stage of the season with five games to go.

"The players deserve a pat on the back, but we can't afford to dwell and we go away, regroup and go again on Tuesday night against Oxford United."

Nick Powell departed the game at half time with a recurrence of his injury from Tuesday night's 4-1 win at Rochdale, but Cook remained calm on his absence.

"Powelly came off with a knock, it's not a game play, he really wants to do well for the supporters. He was very disappointed to come off at half time and we'll reassess him over the next couple of days."

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