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10 November 2018

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook reflects on Latics’ 2-0 defeat at Middlesbrough.

  • WATCH: Paul Cook assesses Wigan Athletic’s 2-0 defeat at Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship
  • Cook rues individual errors as Latics downed by first-half double from Middlesbrough’s Jordan Hugill
  • Cook: “The game is not about dominating the ball; it is about scoring goals and it is played at both ends of the pitch. At the minute, we must improve at both ends.”

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook says his side’s 2-0 defeat at Middlesbrough emphasised the need for his side to cut out individual errors as a largely even game ended in 2-0 defeat for his side.

Speaking to iFollow Latics post-match, Cook said:

“I probably sound like a broken record; the way the games are panning out, we are coming away from home against really tough teams littered with good players and just genuinely making too many individual errors within the game.

“I have great belief in the players and I am not going to start ranting and raving but we can’t keep giving teams legs up.

“We are not conceding goals whereby we reflect on the game and say well done to the opposition because we have been cut to bits. We are more concerned about the individual mistakes we are making towards it.

“The lads were honest in what they did in the second-half, they kept going and kept working away without probably creating clear-cut chances. For a team like ourselves to come here and limit Middlesbrough to no or very few clear-cut chances in the game but yet we come away beaten and that’s the disappointment.”

Latics had their fair share of possession and were arguably the better side in the second half at the Riverside, though the damage was done.

“The game is not about dominating the ball,” Cook explained. “It is about scoring goals and it is played at both ends of the pitch. At the minute, we must improve at both ends.

“The lads’ heads are down because the group is not used to getting beat. We had an outstanding season last year and everything went well, we got so many plaudits. Now it is going the other way, we need to regroup as a staff, the players, everyone at the club and work that little bit harder. If you work that bit harder, the bounce of the ball starts going for you.

“One thing we knew is that this division was going to be unforgiving and we started the season really strong and well, but since we have lost key players and, although I don’t want it to be an excuse, it is just a fact.

“We need to regroup, go through this international break and work hard and hopefully eradicate our problems by being better.”

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