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15 March 2018

Latics' boss reflects on his side's late win against Bradford City.

  • Paul Cook’s post-match thoughts after Bradford City 0 Wigan Athletic 1.
  • Michael Jacobs’ fantastic finish praised by Latics’ boss Paul Cook.
  • Latics in ‘exceptional’ position says Paul Cook.

Speaking to iFollow Latics and the club’s official YouTube channel, Paul Cook shared his delight after Michael Jacobs’ last-gasp winner pushed Latics back into the top two of Sky Bet League One with a 1-0 victory over Bradford City.

“What a way to win it; I thought we were excellent – I really did.

“After Saturday’s game I felt we had just dropped off our work ethic and desire but I thought that was there in an abundance tonight.

“I did think the game was going to peter out to a 0-0 after we were the better team on the night but it was a moment of quality that won it; a great ball into Griggy from Ryan, a lovely touch, and then a fantastic finish from Michael Jacobs.

“To see them Wigan fans behind the goal celebrating was a great moment.”

Cook continued:

“We got back to basics; we have had two days of working in what I believe is the correct way and the players are very much on side.

“We totally changed tonight; James Vaughan led the line well – he’s different from Will Grigg and we all know Griggy’s qualities – Devante Cole got on as well and probably got on for what I thought was an exceptional 10 or 12 minutes, I thought he looked really bright, which causes me another problem.

“It was a win for the squad; I was delighted for everyone – we’re on 71 points from 34 games, we are in an exceptional position but we must keep going.

“There’s so much football still to be played, anything can happen in the run-in and we’re not stupid enough to get carried away.”

Ecstatic with the scenes at the end of the game, Cook added:

“We’ve seen the collectiveness between our squad all season. Supporting your football team is a lot longer than just one game, it’s a lifetime. In your lifetime of supporting a team you have massive highs and massive lows, our club has had many on both ends of the scale.

“It was great to see our supporters celebrate like that because we’ve not seen it for a while. It was a very nice night.”

The visit of Southampton in the quarter final of the Emirates FA Cup is next up for Cook’s Latics on Sunday afternoon, with the manager looking forward to supporters turning out in force as he pits his side against Saints and their new boss Mark Hughes.

“Onto the cup game now, I told you all we wanted to be in the quarter final didn’t I?

“All jokes aside, they’ve just appointed Mark Hughes as their manager, a fantastic manager for a fantastic club and team.

“We’ve got our hands full. It’s going to be a great game and another great occasion in the FA Cup.

“It’ll be a great day for everyone to come and watch us, and you never know, we could end up getting to Wembley.”

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