Boss gives his view following 2-2 draw at the Liberty Stadium to close out 2018.
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Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook says Latics have to be pleased with picking up another Sky Bet Championship point, despite leading 2-0 at Swansea City on Saturday.
Joe Garner’s first-half double gave Latics a two-goal advantage but a Dan Burn own goal and a Mike van der Hoorn strike earned Graham Potter’s side a point.
Reflecting post-match, Cook said:
“I think we have to say it is a good point because of the run we are on at the minute and with everything taken into account.
“To go 2-0 up and miss chances to kill the game is very disappointing but the lads must also take a great deal of credit and encouragement from the game.
“The league is what everyone said it would be – it is so unforgiving – and you have only got to look at Swansea’s substitutes coming on the pitch today to realise what we are up against.
“Every point in this division is so important and to get one on the road today is so important, it stops a little rot and a run of defeats away from home.
“There is a tinge of disappointment, of course there is, but we are happy with a point, we go back to Wigan, dust ourselves down and go again.”
Cook said he was most disappointed at the source for the hosts’ two goals as they converted two set-pieces to get their point.
“We were in complete control in the first-half and Swansea then changed things tactically in the second-half,” Cook explained.
“We tried our best to adapt to things in the second-half but within adapting to it we have gone deeper than we would have wanted but to concede two goals from set-pieces is hugely disappointing because we changed our formation so Swansea didn’t score in open play and they go and get two from set-pieces.”
Cook finished his post-match interview with some words on Burn, who will now complete his permanent switch to Brighton & Hove Albion.
“I’d like to give a special mention to Dan Burn,” Cook said. “Dan will leave us now to go to Brighton and it is not just a massive hole as a player but a massive hole as a lad.
“He has been a credit to himself, a great representative of Wigan Athletic Football Club and everyone wishes him well in the future.”