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WATCH: PAUL COOK LOOKS AHEAD TO EMIRATES FA CUP TIE AT AFC BOURNEMOUTH

4 January 2018

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook looks ahead to his side's Emirates FA Cup Third Round tie with AFC Bournemouth this weekend.

  • Paul Cook speaks to the press ahead of Saturday's clash with AFC Bournemouth
  • Cook discusses Eddie Howe's side, the January Transfer Window and injury news
  • Cook: "We’ll be full strength for the game and we’re looking forward to it, but we know that we’ll be facing a very good team whatever side Eddie decides to put out."

PC on a good Christmas

I suppose eight points from 12 is a good return but we’re a little disappointed we didn’t win one of the two games at home. We weren’t beaten during the Christmas period which is satisfactory for sure but we’d have liked to have done a bit better.

PC on the win at Northampton Town

The game against Northampton was of course away home and most of the lads had played every game so we had to dig in and work hard. We were put under pressure in the second half without them really creating any clear cut chances, but it kept our lads very honest. I’ve been so pleased with the players so far though because we had a turbulent summer and we’re now sitting on the cusp of what will hopefully be a promotion winning season. There’s obviously a long way to go but we’ve got a group of settled players who are very pleased with how they’re doing.

PC on Nick Powell

I don’t single players out because that can be very naïve of managers. Nick is part of a group and he plays his part very well, but so do the rest of the lads because it’s a team effort and always is. There’s no doubting that Nick is a very good player though.

PC on keeping his players during the transfer window

January can make players very restless and agents have a massive part in the game now. We’re trying to stay focused at this club though because we’re here to try and achieve something. If we do lose someone along the way though it’ll be for the right amount of money. We might add one or two to what we’re doing and we may keep a 100% of the players we’ve got, and if that’s the case then brilliant, but if it’s not then we’ll keep focusing on what we’re trying to achieve.

PC on the areas of squad he wants to improve

I think if you look at where we are today then the squad is doing great. It’d be more support based rather than improving our team if we do bring someone in because the players are doing magnificently well. We’ve been a little bit stretched in terms of numbers at times and I think that’s what I’d like to improve rather than being able to improve the actual team.

PC on AFC Bournemouth test

It’ll be a great game for us as a club and I think people will know that we’ll go there and attack. We’ll be full strength for the game and we’re looking forward to it, but we know that we’ll be facing a very good team whatever side Eddie decides to put out. We’d like to be successful in the competition but if we are to be knocked out then we’ll go and enjoy the game. We certainly won’t be parking the bus and if we do manage to get through then I think everyone will be very excited.

PC on Eddie Howe

I’ve come across Eddie a few times and he’s a really good fella. He’s good company and has had an exceptional footballing career. To be one of those young English managers managing in the Premier League is great credit to him and his support staff as well.


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