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6 January 2018

Manager proud of his players after spirited performance earns Emirates FA Cup replay with Premier League AFC Bournemouth.

  • WATCH: Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook on his side’s 2-2 draw with AFC Bournemouth
  • Cook heaps praise on his players after brilliant effort at the Vitality Stadium
  • Cook: “We played really well, I'm so pleased for the travelling fans - we managed to score goals, create chances.”

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook says his side can take a lot of credit following the 2-2 away draw which sees Latics into the hat for the FA Cup Fourth Round.

Will Grigg scored the first of two first half goals, finishing off a flowing left wing move as Gavin Massey found him four yards out.

A Nick Powell free-kick, deflected by Emerson Hyndman, made it two before the half hour mark before two second half goals from the Cherries sent the tie to a replay.

Speaking with iFollow Latics Cook says his side were a joy to watch:

"As a manager you come away from home and I pride myself that we'll be involved in good games.

"I always say you must be respectful to Bournemouth, they've got such fantastic players, to see the likes of Callum Wilson and Jordon Ibe lads like that, Pugh, coming off the bench.

"We were always going to have a test, but our lads were great today.

"We played really well, I'm so pleased for the travelling fans - we managed to score goals, create chances."

Heading into the final moments substitute Ivan Toney was involved in the game's key controversy after racing onto a Gary Roberts through ball, before going down under pressure in the box.

Cook gave his thoughts post-match on how important the moment was:

"There's a massive debate in the game, last minute penalty, where we feel that would've put us 3-1 up if we'd have scored.

"But the referee hasn't given it so we take a 2-2 draw, we're in the hat and we'll see what that brings.

"For us it's a penalty, but, I'm pro-referees. They have split-second decisions to make and whether they get them right or wrong is irrelevant.

"He's not given it and I'll support the referee on that.

"From my point of view it was a pen, and that moment's huge - but the referees not given it and that's the way it is."

Despite the penalty appeal, Latics matched their Premier League hosts, having taken a two-goal advantage.

Ahead of a replay at the DW the boss believes they can take plenty from that:

"I've always said whilst I've been in football I'm not someone who parks the bus.

"You get naturally forced back by good teams.

"We got forced back second half, no matter what we did at times we couldn't keep Bournemouth off it, but when you're looking at the calibre of players in the Bournemouth team that's great credit.

"For our lads we had clear, good chances in the second half as well.

"We had chances to go 3-0, 3-1 up but we couldn't take them.

"That would've been a key goal in the game and disheartened Bournemouth, but unfortunately we weren't able to do that."

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