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25 July 2018

Latics boss pays tribute to his former goalkeeper Tommy Lee after the stopper's testimonial at Chesterfield.

  • Watch: Reaction from Paul Cook following Latics' 1-1 draw at Chesterfield.
  • Manager insists the correct work will be carried out to get Latics ready for the new Sky Bet Championship season.
  • Cook looking forward to taking his players to Ibrox Stadium to face Rangers FC this Sunday.

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Speaking to iFollow Latics at the Proact Stadium following Latics' 1-1 draw against Chesterfield FC for former Spireites goalkeeper Tommy Lee's testimonial, Latics boss Paul Cook paid tribute to his former player.

"Tommy's had an outstanding career for Chesterfield Football Club and I thought it was a great night for him.

"There was a really good turnout from Chesterfield's supporters, who always took Tommy to their hearts from very early on in Tommy's career.

"He was always a firm fan favourite and the longevity he's had at the club is great, it's been a show of loyalty that many players don't give any more in the modern day game."

On the match itself, which saw Will Grigg's first half header cancelled out by Jerome Binnom-Williams' second half equaliser, Cook added:

"It's pre-season and the games will always have defining moments. We spoke to the players in the dressing room with regards to their habits and how they play and what they're trying to achieve.

"Tonight we were a little bit off where we'd like to be, but that's something we go away and work at.

"Tonight we played against a very well organised, committed and strong Chesterfield team and we wish them very well next season under Martin Allen."

Latics head north of the border next when they travel to Ibrox Stadium to face Steven Gerrard's Rangers FC, and Cook expects more from his players on the afternoon.

"Sunday's game will be a little bit different because Rangers will come onto us a lot more and we know we've got to be better.

"We're going into a big season and a big league so we've got to be better than tonight and we're well aware of that.

"The appetite for the game in pre-season probably isn't what it should be. That's not me saying it's alright or it's allowed because it's not. It wasn't a very good performance from my point of view and I think the players will completely agree with that.

"We've got work to do, but we're looking forward to going to Rangers and highlighting the pinnacle of our pre-season because they'll be a great team to test ourselves against.

"We're taking great support up there on Sunday and it's a game we can all look forward to."

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