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18 March 2018

Latics’ boss reflects on his side’s Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final defeat to Southampton at the DW Stadium this afternoon.

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  • Latics can “fully focus on the 12 remaining games now” says Paul Cook.

Speaking to iFollow Latics at the DW Stadium, Paul Cook expressed how proud he is of his Latics’ side after today’s defeat to Premier League Southampton in the quarter final of the Emirates FA Cup.

“I’m massively proud of our club today, I think the club has been shown off in a really good light with the stadium, the fans and the atmosphere.

“We are disappointed to go out but you have to respect the opposition. They (Southampton) not only have some top players but internationals too.”

Cook continued:

“I felt we played really well first half and it was disappointing not to go in with the lead. At half-time you feel that Southampton would grow into the game and that’s what they did.

“The score line does flatter them a bit but that’s football. I would like to wish Southampton luck in the semi-final.”

Having beaten Crawley Town, AFC Fylde and Premier League trio AFC Bournemouth, West Ham United and Manchester City in an impressive run to the Emirates FA Cup Quarter Final, Cook praised his side:

“We’ve had a lovely run in the cup and it’s been great for everyone and it’s been thoroughly enjoyable to play against these top teams and managers. We’re disappointed but we’ll go back to basics which is to get promoted.

“The reality for us all is that we’re out, we’ve enjoyed it and for a League One team to get to the Quarter Final is a great achievement and is something we can look back on. I’m proud of them all tonight.

Latics have 12 games left of their League One campaign and are currently 3rd in the league and promotion to the Championship is the aim. Next up... Walsall away on Wednesday night.

“Now we can focus fully on the 12 remaining games that are very important for this club and the history of this football club.

“There will be disappointment, but we need everyone now. Our fans have been fantastic and if they can stay with us and get behind us then fingers crossed we can achieve what we started out to do.”

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