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WATCH: PAUL COOK'S MIDDLESBROUGH PREVIEW

9 November 2018

Latics boss Paul Cook looks ahead to his side's trip to Middlesbrough in the Sky Bet Championship.

  • Match Preview: Paul Cook's words ahead of Middlesbrough trip.
  • Latics boss' thoughts on the club's recent new ownership.
  • Team news and thoughts on Tony Pulis' Boro.

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PC on Latics' new ownership

"I haven’t spoken to the new owner directly but I have spoken to a lot of the people involved in the process and we’ve been brought very much up to speed with things. I’m sure the Whelan family got all the plaudits they deserved on Sunday, it was very good and respectful because their tenure at the club will be in history forever. The new owners have come in now and from what we’re seeing and speaking about, it looks like it could be exciting times for the club. We wish the Whelan family well and the new owners well."

PC on away form

"The away form has been disappointing and for the Wigan fans who have travelled to the games they’ll be able to have their own opinions on them. We feel as a club that we’re doing okay, we’re not doing well enough and would love to do more, but we’re doing okay.

"In the midst of other problems we have, hopefully we can address the form but with Chey Dunkley having had an operation on his knee yesterday, Nick Powell being out and us dealing with other injuries too, we are playing teams of the calibre of Sheffield United, Leeds and Middlesbrough, so we have to be careful how much we heighten our problems in our pursuit of being successful.

"The key for me is keeping our lads very focused and believing in what they’re doing. At the start of the season we set out to maintain our status in this division and that hasn’t changed."

PC on games in the Championship

"Don’t forget we went nine games last season without conceding a goal before we conceded a penalty at Plymouth, but this year we’re in a league where it’s very unforgiving and around that what a lot of managers will do but hopefully not our supporters is turn on people and players. It’s a growing feature in football today and that’s one of the saddest parts.

"Now and again we might get beat because we weren’t good enough or because of certain aspects of the game, but now it’s all about believing in the players we have available and hopefully getting the players that are out injured back as soon as we can, because if you go back to our last away win at Stoke, our front four that night haven’t been fit for a long time, and if Liverpool lost Salah, Mane and Firmino for example then I’m sure they wouldn’t be quite as strong."

PC on Samy Morsy’s suspension

"This is what football is all about and as a manager I try my best not to make excuses and dwell on what we can’t do and look at the possibilities of what we can. It’s an exciting time for the club with the new owners coming in and at the minute we’re doing our best to consolidate our league position because we know we’re in choppy waters right now and don’t need reminding every five minutes.

"We know we’re going to one of the toughest places in the division tomorrow and playing a very strong team, but we need to go there believing we can win the game and come up with something that’ll see us win it.

"The most important thing for our players is making sure those Wigan supporters clap you off at the end of the game, that for me is everything because you can list excuses all the time but if a lad goes out and gives 100% and everything he’s got for the club then they’ll get clapped off.

"You can’t kid supporters and if your fans are happy with what you’re doing then I’m sure everything else will be okay."

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