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WATCH: PAUL COOK LOOKS AHEAD TO WIGAN ATHLETIC'S TOP OF THE TABLE SKY BET LEAGUE ONE CLASH AT BLACKBURN ROVERS

2 March 2018

Watch Latics boss Paul Cook's preview ahead of Sunday's Sky Bet League One clash between Wigan Athletic and Blackburn Rovers.

  • WATCH: Paul Cook looks ahead to Wigan Athletic v Blackburn Rovers
  • Team news, match importance and fixture build-up discussed by the gaffer
  • Cook: "In my opinion, Sunday's fixture will determine a lot of the outcome for where the two teams will finish come the end of the season - if we win, it will give us a massive advantage over Blackburn."

Paul Cook on how the weather has impacted upon his side's preparations for our trip to Blackburn Rovers...

We had a good session on Thursday but that's been our only one [outside]. It is the same for everybody else at this stage of the season, though, so we'll manage it, do as much as we can for the game and hopefully by Sunday be satisfied with the work we have done.

Paul Cook on games in hand and fixture congestion...

It is a little bit frustrating in the sense that you watch Sky Sports and they say we are going across to face the leaders. If we'd played our four games in hand, we might have a chance of being top of the league - we don't know we would be - but we worked hard to get to the top and it is not nice when someone else is there.

There is a lot of work to be done for Blackburn, Shrewsbury, ourselves and Rotherham, though.

Paul Cook on trip to Blackburn Rovers...

It is one of those fixtures at the start of the season that you look towards. Blackburn home and away fit that category.

The Sky cameras are there, both teams were relegated last season, so there is so much hype about the game.

I think Blackburn have done outstanding, Tony has done an amazing job and they are knocking wins out so repetitively.

We go there with the belief we are going to win and I am sure Tony will say the same to his players as I will to mine.

In my opinion, Sunday's fixture will determine a lot of the outcome for where the two teams will finish come the end of the season - if we win, it will give us a massive advantage over Blackburn.

Paul Cook on his team...

The squad has trained as much as it can this week and we were full tilt on Tuesday night at Bristol Rovers, with Nathan [Byrne] and Nick [Powell] both fit and available and ready to go.


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