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18 August 2018

Paul Cook runs his finger over Latics' 2-2 draw as Nottingham Forest claimed a late point in stoppage time.

  • Reaction: Paul Cook praises his team's efforts against Nottingham Forest.
  • "It's like one of those films that you already know the ending to at the moment... but it's a very good film." - Paul Cook.
  • Cook on the ruthless nature of the Sky Bet Championship.

Speaking to iFollow Latics after his side's 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest in the Sky Bet Championship at the DW Stadium, Paul Cook said he couldn't praise his players enough for their efforts.

Latics conceded in the first minute of stoppage time to a Hillal Soudani goal despite a superb penalty save from Christian Walton.

"It's like one of those films at the minute and you already know the ending... but it's a very good film.

"Individual mistakes possibly again, but we're playing well and we've played three very good teams so far and haven't left a breath out on the pitch.

"As a manager I can only say well done to my players. We've been naive, yes, but we're learning as we go along. I can't ask for much more from them and they were a credit to the club today.

"We were brave with our play and we've marked off a lot of ticks through the game. If we could have seen it out it would have been a fantastic result against a team that will, in my opinion, be up there throughout the season.

"Unfortunately it wasn't to be. The lads couldn't have done much more and as a group of players they're giving us everything they've got."

Latics took the lead after two minutes thanks to early pressure on the Forest defence and a towering Nick Powell header, his third in three matches at the start of the campaign, something his manager has come to expect from the group of players.

"We put them under great pressure from the very first minute. Forward presses earned us that corner early on and that's how we want to play.

"Eventually teams will force you back and that's what good teams do, but we want to have a style of play that shows us in a good light and for anyone who's watched us in our three league games this season I'm sure they'll tell you they're getting good value, albeit we are a tad disappointed not to have claimed more points."

On the nature of Forest's goals, Cook continued:

"The nature of the goals we conceded shows the ruthlessness of the Championship. Samy (Morsy) made a mistake in the build-up to their goal in a period when we were really on top. The calibre of players we're up against are always going to take advantage of any errors. It's a lesson for the players and a lesson for myself as well, but truly I can't ask for any more from the players because we're aggressive in our play in a proper football way."

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