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WATCH: PAUL COOK ON A “FANTASTIC NIGHT” FOR HIS SIDE AS THEY BEAT STOKE CITY 3-0 AT THE BET365 STADIUM

22 August 2018

Watch Paul Cook’s thoughts as the Wigan Athletic manager waxed lyrical about his side and their supporters after beating Stoke City 3-0 on Wednesday night.

  • WATCH: Paul Cook on a “fantastic night” for his Wigan Athletic side as they beat Stoke City 3-0 at the Bet365 Stadium
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  • Cook: “It was a great night for us – a fantastic night. We felt if we could hang in there and maybe get a goal then you never know. It panned out a lot more than that and I thought we were excellent; we brought everything to our game.”

Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook was full of praise for his side and over 1,000 travelling supporters as they beat Stoke City 3-0 at the Bet365 Stadium on Wednesday night.

Speaking post-match with iFollow Latics after a Will Grigg double and Gavin Massey strike sealed the three points, Cook said:

“If these games continue to be like they have been then this will be a long film,” Cook said after his post-match comments on Saturday following the draw with Nottingham Forest. “It will be like one of the Rocky films of Fast and Furious 8 or 9!

“It was a great night for us – a fantastic night. We felt if we could hang in there and maybe get a goal then you never know. It panned out a lot more than that and I thought we were excellent; we brought everything to our game.

“We have been together for 14 months or so now and, at times, we look like a team that has been together for that long. Great credit to our players for that win but Stoke will pick themselves up and go again, that’s for sure.”

Perhaps more importantly, Latics kept their first clean sheet of the season in the win over the Potters but Cook was keen to stress his side’s defending has been fine in their opening three games and it has been more individual mistakes that have proved costly in the defeat at Aston Villa and draw with Nottingham Forest.

“People have been questioning our defending and I just didn’t agree with that because we have giving shocking goals away; for example, on Saturday Samy has slipped and we have conceded a penalty – that’s not weak defending, it’s individual errors and there is a massive difference,” Cook explained. “Tonight, I thought we defended excellently well and the clean sheet was important to the guys, the result was great and it sends the travelling supporters home dead happy and I am delighted for them.”

At the other end, Cook saw his side turn in another ruthless display:

“When lads like Nick Powell, Michael Jacobs and Gavin Massey are playing in League One, you naturally have the best players in League One. However, it is great credit to them now stepping up a league and I am delighted for Gavin in particular because I thought his goal was excellent,” Cook continued. “They’re all doing great, I don’t really want to individualise and I don’t want to get carried away because it is such an unforgiving league and defeats are never far away.”

And Cook left the final word to over 1,000 travelling Latics fans, who were excellent.

“Per person, travelling to away games, Wigan fans travel the length of the country and they support their team enormously well. Like I have said to them all, stay with us, supporting your team is good, it’s healthy, every trip home isn’t going to be good, but the good ones are good and tonight they’ll travel back to Wigan very happy.”

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