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10 March 2018

Boss reflects on 3-3 draw with Scunthorpe United at the DW Stadium on Saturd

  • WATCH: Paul Cook on Latics’ 3-3 draw with Scunthorpe United
  • Cook gives his thoughts on his side’s draw with the Iron after Gary Roberts grabbed a late leveller
  • “Great credit to the players because we never looked like getting a point and we dug one out.”

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook has urged calm after his side drew 3-3 with 5th place Scunthorpe United in Sky Bet League One on Saturday afternoon.

Cook’s side’s fate remains very much in their own hands and the manager says, though he is disappointed, nothing was won or lost in terms of the season today.

“Our players are human beings and we’ve had an outstanding season so far,” he said. “Nobody has won anything or lost anything yet so there’ll be lots of twists and turns yet. Rochdale beat Rotherham so there’s no easy games in this division - we played against a very good side today and took a point. Am I pleased with it? No, but at the end of the day we have to take it. There’s plenty of games to go.

“We’ll just keep going because at the end of the season the league will pan out itself. The two teams at the top will be promoted and the rest will go into the play-offs and that’s the league for you. If you look at the league as it is today everyone will want to have an edge in their favour, but if you don’t win games then you won’t be promoted.”

Uncharacteristically, Latics conceded three goals on their own patch, a source of frustration for Cook and his side.

“From our point of view, we’ve gone from being rock solid defensively to conceding three against Southend, two against Blackpool and Blackburn and three again today, so we’ve just come what we’ve been about a little bit and that can be down to a number of reasons,” he added.

“We took the lead with a very good goal from Chey but continually let Scunthorpe back into the game and I thought they were excellent.

“We came across a team today who have been on a poor run but when you looked at them today you wonder why and that’s what this league is like.

“Defensively we were never right and it wasn’t a great day for us today, but great credit to the players because we never looked like getting a point and we dug one out. It’s a long race though and it’s still in our hands and that point today could prove to be crucial.”

It’s a game every four days between now and the end of the season for Latics and Cook says his just side will need to re-focus for Wednesday’s trip to Bradford City.

“For us it’s about being focused and regrouping and treating each game like it’s the last,” Cook continued. “I felt at times today we just didn’t do that. If you don’t have that edge and it’s something that’s given us the impetus to be where we are today, so we must find that again and that comes off the work ethic when you haven’t got the ball.”

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