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24 November 2018

Paul Cook reflects on Latics' stalemate with Reading in the Sky Bet Championship.

  • Watch: Paul Cook's post-match Reading interview.
  • Cook happy to stop run of defeats in the Sky Bet Championship.
  • "Every point in this league is gold." - Paul Cook.

Speaking to iFollow Latics at the DW Stadium after his side's 0-0 draw with Reading, Paul Cook was pleased to end Latics' recent run of defeats, but said he fully understands any frustration from supporters.

"I thought it was a decent game for a 0-0. We certainly created the more clear cut chances in the game, but unfortunately we couldn't put them away for what would have been three welcome points.

"I'm delighted with the clean sheet. We wanted lads to irradicate the simple mistakes they've been making and I feel they did that.

"After suffering four defeats in this league, it's always nice to stop the rot. It's not a win, but it's a rot stopped in a very difficult division."

On his substitutions in the second half, Cook continued:

"Our fans were begging for players to go forwards in the last few minutes, but when you're on a bad run, confidence is key and we had to stop that rot today.

"It's training ground, repetition and belief. We work hard to keep the lads believing.

"I understand frustration from our fans with Callum McManaman not coming off the bench, I fully understand that and of course he was potentially a match winner, but at that stage with Darron Gibson getting leggy, the most important thing was not to lose the game.

"I know people will think that's negative, it's not, our time to win games will be in the near future and Callum McManaman will have his part to play."

With injuries to players in a number of positions, Cook was also pleased with how his side have reacted:

"As the majority of people around the club know, we've carried a very heavy injury list. Kal Naismith was excellent for us at left back today, he's not a left back, Gary Roberts is playing more games than he was brought into the squad for, Nathan Byrne is playing out of position, but despite that, the lads are putting in everything.

"It's pleasing because every point in this league is gold. We've got a lot of football to play and players to come back from injury. We've got a January transfer window that we could be a bit active in, we have a very bright future to look ahead to."

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