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12 February 2018

Latics boss Paul Cook looks ahead to Blackpool challenge.

  • Paul Cook previews Latics' Sky Bet League One clash with Blackpool.
  • Latics looking to bounce back following defeat to Southend United.
  • Focus fully on Gary Bowyer's Seasiders.

PC on the season so far

"To-date nothing’s been won or lost and nothing has been achieved yet. We’re in the fifth round of the FA Cup which is going to loom up on us quickly and we’re top of League One.

"I don’t really find a lot to be unhappy about albeit I’m not the happiest man in the world today as you can imagine.

"We’ve got 63 points, sit top of the league and deserve to be there. We’ve got a game in hand on our biggest rival at the moment and two in hand on the team behind them. If we keep going as we have been then we’ll be fine."

PC on Blackpool

"Gary’s been there for a period of time now and with the best will in the world they’ve been through some difficulties as a club, but he’s managed that really, really well. It’s tough when you’re going through that and you’re continually expected to give results correctly.

"They’ve got some very good players and will always be organised, so we know there’ll never be any easy games in this division. We don’t have to go through the strengths of their team individually but on any given day they can beat any team in this league and we know we’re in for a difficult game."

PC on Man City game

"When you’ve got a game like Manchester City coming up it can be hard for everyone to put it out of their minds, but as a professional team who are functioning well the Blackpool game is massive for us. It’s a really big game for us and we’re all aware of that.

"We can logically move on to the Man City game come the end of the Blackpool fixture, but for the importance of our season there’s only one game that’s bigger than the other one for sure."

PC on Southend defeat

"We all want to make everything correct and right but sometimes in football these things happen. We were second best all over the pitch on Saturday, especially in the first half, but sometimes you can over-analyse things and I think our players have certainly deserved the right to be able to make amends on Tuesday night against Blackpool.

"We’ve been on a magnificent run but like most things it comes to an end and unfortunately it did for us."

PC on bouncing back

"The players deserve great credit because it’s been a long time since we travelled home with that feeling. I can assure our supporters that we don’t just brush things under the carpet, but very, very rarely will the players get criticised from me."

PC on Saturday’s game

"There were key moments in the game that rightly or wrongly didn’t go for us, but there’s no question about officials or anything like that from me. If we’d have managed to draw 2-2 it would have been a great point for us because we hadn’t played well and we must give Southend great credit for that.

"We weren’t allowed to play well in the first half and we never got to grips with the game or the style of it. We felt we were a good team turning up with a divine right to win but we soon found out that’s not the case and it’s a good learning curve for us."

PC on Southend’s pitch

"No complaints from me. Football is about going away from home and being able to adapt to every condition. We get all different types of pitches in the English Leagues and in my opinion the pitch wasn’t the contributing factor in our defeat, it was our performance and Southend’s very positive one."

PC on James Vaughan scoring his first Latics goal

"We’ve got a very strong squad and James Vaughan is a top player but we’ve walked into Will Grigg being in as good a form as we’ve seen."


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