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13 January 2018

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook's post-match thoughts with iFollow Latics after Saturday's 0-0 draw with Peterborough United.

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Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook was surprised Saturday’s match with Peterborough United ended goalless, as two of Sky Bet League One’s best attacking sides played out a stalemate, with quality lacking in the final third.

Reflecting post-match with iFollow Latics, Cook said:

“I thought it was a good game; I thought it was two teams intent on playing a different style to try and win the game.

“Peterborough, great credit to them they were probably the best team we have played here I felt, and they very happy to counter attack us and for us to come on to them and then hit us with pace on the break – and they have plenty of that, they’re a really strong side.

“I never thought it would be 0-0; we had a good few moments in the game and got in some great areas but that final ball wasn’t there.

“We have come through a really strong run of games now; Shrewsbury, Northampton, Charlton and Peterborough, who are very strong teams and great credit to the lads for the clean sheets because that needs acknowledging.

“I’ll always feel we just shaded it, but maybe a draw was a fair result.”

And, despite his side drawing for a third consecutive home game, Cook says his players deserve praise for the position they are in, after extending their unbeaten run to 12 games in all competitions.

“We are coming into a different set of fixtures,” he added. “We are towards the run in now and we are in a good position, they are a great group of lads and there are probably 23 teams in the division who would swap places with us.”

Cook handed James Vaughan a Latics debut from the bench and admitted he was delighted to get his man this week.

“James will be a great asset to the club,” Cook continued. “We obviously lost Ivan, who was an integral part of the squad, and our two main senior strikers now are Vaughan and Grigg, fantastically supported by Noel Hunt, who will always be involved in games for us.

“We are very lucky because we have two different types of strikers and Hunty has a bit of everything so we are in a great place. The quicker those lads get bedded in together and will each other on, that will be great, because they are going to carry the workload for us as a club and I am delighted to have all three.”

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