Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook reflects on his side's 3-1 defeat to Southend United on Saturday afternoon.
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Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook was disappointed his side fell to their first defeat of 2018 at Southend United on Saturday afternoon but equally urged pespective as his side's unbeaten run ended at 16 matches.
Reflecting post-match with iFollow Latics, Cook said:
"Our lads have been brilliant all season, I said to them after the game that we have travelled so far, had some long trips, we have a great away record – and we had great away support today – but it wasn’t our day today so, as a club, let’s regroup and pick ourselves up and get back to winning ways on Tuesday night."
On the way game unfolded at Roots Hall, he added:
"We are obviously very disappointed; it was a difficult day for football and we were second best in my opinion, especially in the first-half of the game, that was where it was won and lost.
"Southend deserve all of the credit, I thought they were excellent, especially in the first-half.
"The game got away from us, we huffed and puffed and tried our best but without any real quality today.
"It was a disappointing first goal for us to concede; the linesman gave the free-kick, it ended up in the net and then we were up against it.
"Unfortunately the third goal killed us, we had a bit of a scramble before that and it would have been great to go home with a point but that’s football and that’s the way it is.
"We have had a 16-game unbeaten run and taken so many plaudits, today we are not taking the plaudits."
Cook tried to work his magic from the bench by introducing Gary Roberts and James Vaughan, with the latter getting his first goal for the club.
On the changes, Cook finished:
"Gary and James both gave us a lift when they came on, it was great to see James get his first goal. We tried to huff and puff and change the shape but the pitch was really difficult to play football on and it wasn’t our day today."