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24 March 2018

Boss pleased with continued levels of high performance from his side as they ran out 2-0 winners against Bury.

  • WATCH: Paul Cook on Wigan Athletic’s 2-0 win at Bury
  • Cook praises his side’s reaction to Emirates FA Cup defeat to Southampton
  • Cook: “Credit to the players for their desire and their work ethic.”

Latics boss Paul Cook has praised the reaction of his players to their Emirates FA Cup quarter-final defeat to Southampton after they recorded consecutive Sky Bet League One away wins with a 2-0 success at Bury on Saturday afternoon.

Cook’s side now sit 2nd in Sky Bet League One – with games in hand on their direct rivals – after wins at Walsall and today at the Energy Check Stadium kept the promotion bid firmly on track.

Reflecting post-match with iFollow Latics, Cook said:

“There is a long way to go; we have had a really good reaction to the FA Cup defeat. We have had three tough away games in the last couple of weeks so to come through those games unscathed and to not concede a goal is great credit to the players for their desire and their work ethic.

“We have ten games left and we have four or five days to get ready for them now and we have a fantastic squad.

“Shrewsbury won again today and both them and Blackburn aren’t going away so for someone to be promoted now, you are going have to go and win it and whoever does that will deserve all of the plaudits at the right time.

“It was only the numerical games that kept us out of the top two,” Cook continued. “I have never been that frustrated by it if I be truthful with you. Once the games have caught up, it’s a balanced table, at one time we had four games in hand so that was a little bit unfair on our guys.

“It is all to play for, for everyone, everyone is looking for an advantage or an edge and believe me on this run in, everyone will drop points, it is never as easy as people think.

“We had a little blip against Blackpool and Southend but we just keep going; the lads work hard every day, they do the right things and I thought the commitment from both sides today was a credit to both clubs.”

On the win at Bury, Cook added:

“You could see the pitch was always going to be difficult for us and I thought Bury started the game really strong – like we expected them to – and they caused us no end of problems with some good balls in the box.

“From our first attack in the game, we have gone and got a goal and it was a good one to be fair to Nick Powell and the lads; it was a well-created goal and that calmed us down.

“It was always going to be an edgy and bity game and it was never a comfortable win.”

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