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WATCH: PAUL COOK PREVIEWS WIGAN ATHLETIC’S TRIP TO QUEENS PARK RANGERS

24 August 2018

Boss says changes likely for his side as a couple of injuries force his hand for trip to Loftus Road.

  • WATCH: Paul Cook on Wigan Athletic’s trip to Queens Park Rangers
  • Cook admits fixture congestion and a couple of injuries will force his hand for selection at Loftus Road
  • Cook: “We have a couple of injuries unfortunately and the likelihood is that it will be a changed team for Saturday which, on one hand, is disappointing because the lads are doing smashing but on the other hand it gives lads an opportunity to come in and play.”

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook spoke to the press ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship clash at Queens Park Rangers.

Cook has been impressed with his side’s start, a feeling only enhanced after Wednesday night’s 3-0 win at Stoke City.

However, Cook has been dealt a couple of selection blows due to injury, whilst a third game in seven days puts heavy demands on some of his players.

“We have to be very pleased [with our start], of course, but as a manager you can only come off after games and assess what we have done right and what we have done wrong,” Cook said. “I actually thought against Nottingham Forest we were excellent and it was a game that we should have won. The players took that into the Stoke game and the key moments in the game have gone our way a bit more than the Forest game and we have come away with a fantastic result.

“We have a fantastic squad of players, all champing at the bit, all from game-to-game giving everything they’ve got and the results – in my opinion – have probably been better than we could have hoped for with the tough start that we have had.

“We have a couple of injuries unfortunately and the likelihood is that it will be a changed team for Saturday which, on one hand, is disappointing because the lads are doing smashing but on the other hand it gives lads an opportunity to come in and play.”

In contract to Latics, results haven’t been so forthcoming for Saturday’s hosts with QPR sat bottom of the Sky Bet Championship without a point to their name.

However, Cook took in the Hoops’ defeat to Bristol City on Tuesday night and says Steve McClaren’s side have performed better than their results have suggested.

“It is four games in and the media seem to want to build up whether teams are doing great or not and it’s just four games,” Cook explained. “QPR have strengthened very well yesterday with two quality players coming into the building and they already have a lot of good players.

“I was lucky enough to be at the game on Tuesday night where they should never have been a goal behind at half-time, they played very, very well and had threats all over the pitch. They have an experienced manager, who has been there, seen it and done it and we are in for a big challenge tomorrow, that’s for sure.

“Steve is an outstanding manager. You don’t manage England without being an outstanding manager and he’s had a great career. For anybody who wants to question any manager after four games is ridiculous, but it seems to be the modern day game. I am glad Steve has spoke about us as he has, it shows the respect our players are gaining at the moment because of their performances.”

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