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21 December 2018

Paul Cook previews Latics' final home game of 2018 against Birmingham City.

  • Latics prepare to face Birmingham City in the Sky Bet Championship.
  • High praise for Dan Burn ahead of his final home game for Latics.
  • Paul Cook gives the latest fitness and injury news.

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PC on the importance of a long season

“We started off really well but unfortunately we’ve been on a run now where we’ve had a period of time where it hasn’t been as good as we want. If we add another three, four or five points to our tally then the league table would look fantastic for us.

"All fixtures are tough, none more so than tomorrow, and then we go into a really tough Christmas period but the season is a 46 game campaign, and at the end of it you get what you deserve."

PC on Birmingham City

“They’re a very difficult team to beat and Gary’s done a fantastic job there after an initial slow start. They’ve been on a good run and have won a lot of games of football which sees them in a fantastic league position, so they carry a very big threat that’s for sure."

PC on the festive period

“We’ve got some very difficult games over the festive period against West Brom, Swansea and then Sheffield United, but we’re concentrating on the game tomorrow because it’s a big game for us and it really would be good if we could take maximum points as it wouldn’t half give everyone a lift ahead of the Christmas games.

PC on team news

“Gavin Massey was on the bench last week and could have gone on the pitch but I didn’t feel at that stage in the game there was much value in putting him on. He’d just returned from a hamstring injury and it was a very cold day so he’s had another full week’s training now and is very much in our thoughts, Chey’s had a full week too, Michael Jacobs is now out on the grass and Nick Powell is doing great with his rehab so fingers crossed hopefully by the time we get to the New Year we might have everyone fit for selection."

PC on Dan Burn

“It’ll be a sad day for us all because for lads like Dan when they come through your club they’re very special people, not just about as a player but as a man too. He conducts himself so well as a figure within the club, the dressing room and in the community, and while one part of us wishes him so much success at Brighton there’s another part of us which is very disappointed because we’re losing a great player and a great lad.

“He’s been massive in my 18 months here. There was a lot said about the players, the dressing room and the culture of the club when I came in, but touch wood during my time here I can only speak highly of the players.

"For Dan who had a clause in his contract last year which meant he could have left for small money, he decided to stay and grow as a player and into the man and leader that he is. We’re really happy that he’s going to the Premier League and I’m sure all Wigan fans wish him well and will have an eye on their results when Dan’s playing."

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