Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook spoke to iFollow Latics after Saturday's 3-2 win over Sheffield Wednesday on the opening day of the Sky Bet Championship season.
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Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook says the spirit of his team shone through as they defeated Sheffield Wednesday on the opening day of the Sky Bet Championship campaign.
Goals from Michael Jacobs (2) and Nick Powell earned Latics a 3-2 win at a pumped DW Stadium and Cook says he was delighted with the afternoon’s work.
“We’ve got very good players and a good dressing room,” Cook explained. “The lads are very much together and that’s so important. I’ve never managed in the Championship before and there’s always that nervous energy before the game for us all so I’m really pleased for the staff, players and everyone else that we managed to get such a positive result against a strong club.
“I was so pleased to see Dan Burn and Nathan Byrne defending in the tunnel when Sheffield Wednesday put pressure on us in the end, and as a manager you love seeing that. It’s exactly what you want irrespective of results because you want people buying into the same ethos. The lads who made their debuts today will all have lovely evenings and it was just a great game of football and they can all enjoy the win.”
Continuing on his side’s approach to today’s game, Cook says he was pleased with the aggression of his players.
“Football is all about belief and we’ve had a great day today but we know tomorrow may be different,” he added.
“We know what is going to happen in games now and that the opposition will always be strong, so teams with powerful players like Sheffield Wednesday are going to hurt you. If we do get beat then I’d rather it by being aggressive and trying to win the game. We know we’re going to have dark days ahead because the fixtures can be very unkind in this division, but we should all enjoy tonight as it’s been a long summer.”