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17 January 2018

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook heaps praise on his squad after win over Eddie Howe's AFC Bournemouth.

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Manager Paul Cook hailed his squad’s performance as they secured a place in the fourth round of the Emirates FA Cup with a superb victory over AFC Bournemouth at the DW Stadium tonight.

Samy Morsy got the game’s opener after just nine minutes before second half goals from substitute Dan Burn and left back Callum Elder put the game beyond doubt.

Latics will now face West Ham United in the next round of the competition at the DW Stadium on Saturday 27th January 2018.

After the game, Cook said: “It’s always nice when you win a game like that. It was great for some of the lads who haven’t been playing recently to get minutes and to a man they were excellent, so great credit to them. The other lads who played as well were brilliant.

“It’s tough when you play teams like Bournemouth because they have so much quality. They’re a constant threat with the way they pass and move the ball, and it’s mentally tough for players to stay with it for 90 minutes so I was really pleased the lads did that.”

Latics will be full of confidence when they head into the game against the Hammers later this month, a tie Cook described as a fantastic fixture for the club.

“Against AFC Fylde we weren’t overly disappointed at being 2-1 down because we always believed we’d win the game, and then all of a sudden from that we’re now playing West Ham at home in the fourth round which is a fantastic tie for our club.

“We’ll look forward to that game when it comes but the most important thing for us now is the league because that’s our bread and butter.

Cook reserved special praise for Noel Hunt after the game but stressed his players must now focus ahead of another important Sky Bet League One game at Plymouth Argyle this weekend.

“I thought Noel Hunt was absolutely magnificent when he came on and I don’t think our fans have seen the best of him due to him not getting enough minutes, but tonight he was excellent.

“It’ll be a tough game for us at Plymouth but then after that we’ll have a free week so it’ll be important for the lads to train hard ahead of the West Ham game and it’ll be good to get a bumper crowd in for that one.”

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