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4 November 2018

Latics boss reflects on his side's 2-1 defeat at home to Sky Bet Championship leaders Leeds United.

  • Watch: Paul Cook's thoughts following Latics' 2-1 defeat to Leeds United.
  • Manager disappointed not to provide a victory for the Whelan family on their last match as owners of Wigan Athletic.
  • "It was always going to be an emotional day for the club." - Paul Cook.

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook said he was disappointed with the way the game panned out after his side lost 2-1 to Leeds United at the DW Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Reflecting on post-match on Latics’ first home defeat since February, Cook said:

“We’re just massively disappointed, especially with the start we had and then to concede so quickly and the manner in which they scored their second goal just after half-time.

“You have to be fair and say Leeds carried a threat all game and they were excellent at times, especially with the pace and movement of their forward players, but we managed that, and we were controlling that, as well as looking like a threat going forward.”

The defeat was disappointing for Cook’s side and the manager reflected on a very emotional day as the club paid tribute to the wonderful 23 years of ownership by the Whelan family:

“It was always going to be an emotional day for the club with everything that went on off the pitch”, Cook explained. “We wanted to play our part in the game and to get the result, but the disappointing thing is we never managed to do that.

“We all hope the new owners can come in and bring good days to the club, but for any owners to have 23 years affiliation with a football club and with the dignity, class and everything the Whelan family have done, I wish them all the very best for the future.

“It’s going to be a time of change now”, Cook said, “but we all have to embrace that change and move forward.”

Cook also spoke on the opposition and the chance to equalise through substitute Callum Mcmanaman:

“It’s frustrating because when you lose a game you look for stuff that isn’t there, when we scored the goal so quickly it was a great start for us, but sometimes you have to give the opposition abit of respect.

“While we’re disappointed to lose our own record today, I think we’ve actually lost it to a very good side.

“Callum’s got that ability, in the last third of the pitch he is as effective as any other player we’ve got but it wasn’t to be today and we have to let the disappointment sink in and lift the players."

The manager also spoke on the injuries with his squad and Latics’ trip to Middlesbrough next weekend:

“I think we have a good squad of players and injuries happen in football, I thought Leo looked bright when he came on and that’s a taster for our fans of the calibre of player we have on our hands.

“It’ll be a tough game for us, Middlesbrough are a good side, and everyone knows the threats they carry individually and as a team. We’ll let this one sink in, but we have to take the positives and if you look at the calibre of the teams we’re playing and the margins between us, they’re very small.”

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