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PAUL COOK REFLECTS ON LATICS' 2-0 DEFEAT TO BLACKPOOL

13 February 2018

Latics boss Paul Cook looks back on a disappointing evening at the DW Stadium.

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Speaking to iFollow Latics following Wigan Athletic's 2-0 defeat to Blackpool at the DW Stadium, Paul Cook shared his post-match thoughts.

"Tonight there’s so much disappointment around the place that it’s pointless for me to try and make it right. We started the game poor and the goals we conceded were poor. We must give great credit to Blackpool though for coming here and winning the game, it’s only the second time we’ve lost here in the league all season so credit to Gary and his team for taking the points.

"The disappointments for us must stay in the dressing room because when you have a season like we’ve had and we’ve carried all in front of us, defeats having been too common place, but all of a sudden we’ve had two in the space of four days and it’s massively disappointing. I’m a manager who’s always very positive and the players have done great. We’ve just had a couple of poor results and the disappointment will set in, and the players must feel that and the players must feel that.

"In football hindsight is such a wonderful thing. I’ve been a very loyal manager in terms of personnel but looking back I should have made changes, that’s the easiest thing to say in football though. We’ve got a very strong squad and all of our lads have done really well this year. We’ve conceded five goals in two games now and have gone in twice at half time 2-0 down and we’ve never done that, so there’s thing that are happening at the moment that are fresh and new for us.

"We now have a break from the league for the FA Cup game against Manchester City so the other teams will play on Saturday. Shrewsbury will play again on the Tuesday night and Blackburn will play on the Monday so the league will be what it’ll be by the time we take to the pitch next time. We’ll have three games in hand and that’s the reality of it, it’s the hand we’ve been dealt and we must get on with it.

"Until the league campaign is over nobody can hand out anything. We’ve had our first couple of defeats and other teams haven’t really put a run together; Blackburn have and Shrewsbury have been consistent so the top three have really gone away. I know Rotherham are obviously on a great run but if we win our games in hand we’re in a fantastic position, but tonight nobody will feel that."

Latics' skipper Samy Morsy was issued a late yellow card which means he will now be suspended for two matches after reaching 10 for the season. On the card, Cook added:

"It’s an extremely disappointing booking from Samy’s point of view, but sometimes when you’ve been beaten like that you can start analysing the game and going on about bits and pieces of stuff that haven’t gone for you. I always like us to show manners so to speak when we get beat and tonight hasn’t been our night. We’re massively disappointed but we move on."


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