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WATCH: WIGAN ATHLETIC MANAGER PAUL COOK LOOKS AHEAD TO SATURDAY’S SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP CLASH WITH ROTHERHAM UNITED

31 August 2018

Paul Cook gives a team news update, his thoughts on Paul Warne’s Millers and talks about his squad’s last fortnight in his pre-match press conference.

  • WATCH: Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook looks ahead to Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Rotherham United
  • Cook gives a team news updates and his thoughts on Paul Warne’s Millers
  • Cook: “I enjoy us playing well and competing at this level well which is what we are doing and I also enjoy the players going into games thinking they can win.”

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook says his side are keen to move on quickly after last weekend’s controversial 1-0 defeat to QPR at Loftus Road.

Speaking to the press this morning ahead of Saturday’s clash with Rotherham United, Cook said:

“We are moving on [from the QPR defeat] quickly; we started the season with a plan and we are going to do our best to see it through. Football is so frustrating and we have felt every emotion in the last week we have gone through; the last-minute penalty, fantastic win at Stoke, to the pain at QPR.

“Emotions are important in the game, it’s what you go through as a manager, the disappointment of everything. When a team gets three points in the modern game everything is alright, the reality of it is that it is not always alright. For me, I enjoy us playing well and competing at this level well which is what we are doing and I also enjoy the players going into games thinking they can win.”

The Latics boss was quizzed on the condition of his squad ahead of the Millers’ visit to the DW and he dealt unfortunate news on winger Gavin Massey.

“Gavin’s not good he will be out for a period of time which is disappointing,” Cook explained “Michael Jacobs doesn't make the game tomorrow which is disappointing because they have both started the season really well, like every other member of the squad they are very important but they are not available so that offers opportunities to other members of the squad.

“Josh Windass came in for his first game and is a very good young player but the pressure comes on the players to perform immediately these days. Not that Josh didn't play well but that’s the pressure of football today and Josh is getting integrated into the group like the others are and over a period of time he will be a very strong player for the club.”

With a month of the season nearly played, Cook says he is encouraged by the partnerships developing in his team.

“We conceded quite a few goals early on but in the last two games we have only conceded one and that was a very debatable one so we are doing well,” Cook said.

“The lads just come into work each week wanting to improve and make ourselves better for the next game and over a period of time relationships will improve and get better, Cedric and Chey have played five league games together so the relationship will get stronger. Christian Walton has got new players in front of him. We started the season with Darron Gibson and Callum Connolly and now Lee Evans. Relationships are building at the club and five games in we are absolutely delighted on how we are doing.”

Cook says Saturday’s visitors to the DW, Rotherham United, have impressed him in recent years but added that last month’s Carabao Cup defeat to the Millers has no affect on Saturday’s clash.

“Rotherham won the game well,” he continued. “We felt we played quite well but obviously Rotherham progressed and in my opinion it will be a vastly different team sheets from our point and also from Paul’s point too on Saturday.

“It’s two teams that have come up from League One who are both doing very well at the minute, we are both looking forward to the game and both teams think they can win.

“We know Paul and his staff very well and they are obviously a good football club and similarly to us they want to sustain a foot hold in the division. Paul did an outstanding job with the run they went on last season - it looked like they were going to get automatic at one stage.”

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