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22 December 2018

Paul Cook's post-match thoughts after Latics' 3-0 defeat to Birmingham City at the DW Stadium.

  • iFollow Latics: Paul Cook's Birmingham City post-match interview.
  • Latics undone in the final home game of 2018 as the Blues win 3-0 at the DW Stadium.
  • "It's up to myself, my staff and the players to go away, work harder and come back with the answers." - Paul Cook.

Speaking to iFollow Latics after his side's 3-0 defeat to Birmingham City in the Sky Bet Championship, Paul Cook shared his disappointment at the result in the final DW Stadium fixture of 2018.

"We're so disappointed at the minute, nothing is falling for us at both ends of the pitch.

"We had good chances in the game. Birmingham had three attempts on goal and scored all three of them, that's football.

"At the minute it's not going our way. Is it concerning, is it worrying and all of the above? In football in my opinion you have these times and it's so important that as a club we slow down, we regroup and we come back together.

"In my time here so far we've had 18 fantastic months and it's been such a good journey. We're having a bit of pain now and as a club we have to find a way to be better and that starts with me."

Cook continued:

"Our team doesn't lack character. There are so many things you can say about teams in football, can your team work harder, can your team be this and that? We're creating enough chances in games, but we're not getting much rub of the green.

"We had a couple of penalty incidents that could have been important in the game had they been given. Goals win games, but at the moment we're having a massive disappointment with it going against us at both ends."

With away matches against West Bromwich Albion on Boxing Day and Swansea City before the turn of the New Year, the gaffer insisted togetherness is the key.

"As a team you win together and you lose together. We're at our lowest point in my time at the club, we're on a poor run and things haven't been going great. It's up to myself, my staff and the players to go away, work harder and come back with the answers.

"The last two times we've been in this division we've been relegated. At the start of the season we were great and everything was going well for us. Unfortunately, we haven't hit those heights recently, but the most important thing is staying focused on our targets and ambitions for this season, which is retaining our status in this league."

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