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4 March 2018

Boss discusses Sunday afternoon’s draw at Ewood Park.

  • WATCH: Paul Cook on Wigan Athletic 2 – 2 Blackburn Rovers
  • Cook discusses his side’s comeback in battle of Sky Bet League One promotion chasers
  • Cook: “We're not going to go down to anyone with a whimper to anyone. We brought too many fans to the game to let them down.”

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook says he told his players at half-time to not let the near 2,500 away following go home disappointed as his side came from two goals down to earn a point against Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park on Sunday afternoon.

Speaking after the match with iFollow Latics, Cook said:

“We know our players and I expect our players to create chances and hurt people and that was the half-time team talk.

“We’re better than what we have produced in the first-half so do not let our fans travel home and have Blackburn fans taunting us without fighting and I think second-half we fought.

“We're not going to go down with a whimper to anyone. We brought too many fans to the game to let them down.”

On a battling affair between two sides full of desire, Cook continued:

“It was a great game of football between two very committed teams.

“Blackburn were very direct, it shocked me a bit at how direct they were. Both teams had to play to the conditions when you take the pitch into account.

“They caught us out with the first goal and it felt like a sucker punch because we started the game well. The second one was pure disappointment, because then you face an uphill battle, especially when you want to be a passing team.

“Our passing game wasn't working, but I wanted to give the lads as long as I could because I'm not a manager who'll chop and change straight away.”

Cook did, however, change on the hour mark and those changes paid dividends.

“James Vaughan and Jamie Walker's performances when they came on indicate how strong the squad is,” Cook explained.

 “It was quite clear that our passing style wouldn't lead to great chances, so we went a lot more direct and it's something we might have to do more often on the run in.

“When you've got a strong group like ours who want to pass and play, sometimes people will go out on their swords, you can't do that in my opinion when the conditions are going against you. It's an outstanding point in the end and great credit to the players.”

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