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20 January 2018

Boss delighted with his side's ability to win when not at their best as they beat Plymouth Argyle 3-1 on Saturday afternoon.

  • WATCH: Paul Cook on Latics’ 3-1 win at Plymouth Argyle
  • Boss praises his side for their character in tough afternoon at Home Park
  • Cook: “We have 19 league games left, we just keep going, it is repetition, belief in what we are doing and we will just keep going.”

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook was proud of the way his players found a way to record a sixth consecutive away league victory at Plymouth Argyle on Saturday afternoon, despite not being at their fluent best.

Speaking post-match with iFollow Latics, Cook explained:

“I thought it was a very difficult game; Plymouth were excellent in the game, they kept knocking on the door and started well.

“We never got into our rhythm like we normally do away from home and didn’t dominate the ball and Ryan Taylor caused us a lot of problems.

“I felt the second goal came at such a crucial time because we weren’t the better team on the pitch and, makes no bones about it, Plymouth were the more aggressive team and caused us problems but for them the third goal was a hammer blow and they definitely didn’t deserve that on the day.

“That’s football, though, the lads had to dig in today, which they did, show a lot of character after a tough game on Wednesday and it was great to come down here and go back with the three points.”

Despite Latics extending their lead at the top of Sky Bet League One, Cook continued:

“We have 19 league games left, we just keep going, it is repetition, belief in what we are doing and we will just keep going.

“I have always said, disappointment is never far away and today when we went 1-0 down you felt it might have been that type of day, but great credit to the players it wasn’t.”

Unfortunately, Latics couldn’t keep the clean sheet that would have seen them equal John Filan’s Latics record for consecutive league shutouts and Cook admitted the players will be disappointed.

“We are disappointed with the goal,” he added. “It’s disappointing for a team who does better than that defensively. Credit to Graham Carey, though, he is an excellent player, he is a constant threat and he will cause problems.”

“We are pleased because a lot of people will have looked at this fixture after Wednesday wondering what will happen.

“I thought our second goal was a quality goal, our first one was fortunate because we hadn’t played well and we were stuttering in the game.

“But with Powelly and the lads we have seen it before, they manage to produce little bits of magic out of nothing.”

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