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12 January 2018

Latics boss Paul Cook gives the latest news ahead of Peterborough United.

  • Paul Cook's Peterborough United preview.
  • Early team news ahead of Latics' clash with Posh at the DW Stadium.
  • Gaffer wishes Lee Evans and Ivan Toney well at new clubs.

PC on Dan Burn’s Player of the Month Award

“It’s fantastic for Dan (Burn) and for his team mates.  It’s always nice when somebody at your club gets accolades.  To be acknowledged is always good.

“Dan’s having an outstanding season, he’s a very good player and that’s exactly what we need.”

PC on six consecutive League One clean sheets

“It’ll get tested against Peterborough that’s for sure.

“It makes me really proud of the boys to achieve something like that, but you just keep going.  Sometimes we stop and talk about stuff, but we’re in the midst of a season and records are there to be broken.

“We’ve got a very stern test on Saturday, Peterborough are an excellent side in the middle of a very good run themselves.  I’m really looking forward to this one.”

PC on Peterborough United test

“I can’t see it being 0-0 that’s for sure.

“Peterborough are having an excellent season and they had a smashing result in the FA Cup against Aston Villa.

“They’re attacking the Checkatrade Trophy as well with a game at Wembley Stadium as the prize and naturally they’ll have eyes on promotion like every other team in the top half of the division.

“They carry threats as all good teams do, but we certainly carry threats ourselves.

“Neither of us are looking for a 0-0 draw, so I think we’re guaranteed a good game purely by the players on view.

“We respect Peterborough. They’re one of the teams to beat us this season and they scored three goals against us in a very good game down at their place.

Hopefully Saturday’s game can have the same amount of action but with a different result.”

PC on injury news

“It was great to see Shaun MacDonald back in the squad last weekend, but he’s had a bit of a knock in a practice game against Fleetwood Town.  He’s had a heavy tackle against him which is disappointing and we’re waiting the results of scans, but it looks like it’s an injury that will keep Shaun out for a period of time.

“It’s nothing to do with his previous injury, it’s a knock to the outside of his other knee, but when you’re coming back these things sometimes happen. Shaun is in great physical condition and wants to play as quickly as possible, but he’s had a little set back.

“Ryan Colclough has fully recovered from his shoulder injury now and is back in the squad which is pleasing and Craig Morgan’s training has been stepped up.”

PC on Lee Evans and Ivan Toney

“Both lads contributed really well to our season.

“Lee Evans is a fantastic lad and a really good player, so it’s a big disappointment to lose Lee but that’s part of football.  It’s a great move for Lee and we wish him well.

“Ivan is no different, he’s an absolutely smashing lad who was a pleasure to work with.  He was probably getting a bit frustrated at his lack of minutes which is fully understandable.

“Hopefully both lads go on and have really good careers.”

PC on Jamie Walker

“Jamie’s a very good player.  He’s had a turbulent 12 months in relation to the move to Rangers not materialising and he’s had a couple of injuries.

“He’ll get fit down here, but he’ll likely be out for another week or two. We’ll build his fitness up and our fans should look forward to seeing a very exciting young player.”

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