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7 December 2018

The gaffer looks ahead to his side's latest challenge in the Sky Bet Championship.

  • iFollow Latics - Paul Cook's Derby County preview.
  • The gaffer brings the latest updates on Nick Powell and Gavin Massey.
  • Paul Cook's thoughts on Frank Lampard's Derby County.

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Speaking on iFollow Latics at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre on Friday morning, Paul Cook gave his opinion on a number of topics, including the upcoming Sky Bet Championship clash with Derby County at the DW Stadium on Saturday.

PC on Frank Lampard

“He needs to stop going to places like Manchester United and winning, doesn’t he?! He’s embraced the job fantastically well and has managed to bring a support staff in that he knows and trusts and within that they’ve got a style of play which for me is very good.

"They’ve got a lot of very good players who can hurt you and they have a youthfulness about them which I like. They’re as successful away from home as they are at home, and I think everything we want out of this division will come to our stadium on Saturday.

"We’re playing a top quality team and Frank’s adapting to management so well and conducts himself as he has done throughout his career with total class. We’re relishing the game though and have got a good record at the DW Stadium, I’m sure we’ll be in for a good game.”

PC on Nick Powell

“Nick will be out for a period of time and he won’t play over Christmas for sure. We’ll assess the situation after that but I can rest assure our supporters that Nick’s never been asked to go on a football pitch for us injured.

"It’s not something I do as a manager and I don’t ask players to give it a go or to see how it is because our players have to go through medical tests that sees them fit enough to train the day before a game. It’s probably been a build-up of different stuff that has seen him have this hamstring injury but it’s something we have to adapt to.”

PC on Reece James

“It’s not so much about how good a player he is, it’s about how good a lad he is. If all 18-year-old lads conducted themselves like Reece James does then there’d be a lot more top players around because we have the talent in England, make no bones about it.

"Something sadly goes amiss with some of our younger players these days, we take the hunger out of players far too early and Reece James certainly doesn’t lack hunger.

"He’s at a top club in Chelsea, is an international footballer and has the world at his feet, but he trains every day like it’s the last and that’s so important for young players.”

PC on Gavin Massey

"Gavin Massey has rejoined the main training group and he's due to get some minutes with the Development Squad next week, with the view to him being available for the 18-man squad for Ipswich.

"We haven't rushed Gavin, he's simply ahead of schedule. It's the measure of the man and player he is, because he's worked incredibly hard to get to this point."

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