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"IT'S AN UNFORGIVING PLACE TO WIN A FOOTBALL MATCH." - PAUL COOK LOOKS AHEAD TO MILLWALL FC

22 October 2018

Latics boss Paul Cook looks ahead to his side's Sky Bet Championship trip to Millwall FC.

  • Watch: Paul Cook's Millwall FC v Wigan Athletic preview.
  • Cook well aware of the nature of Sky Bet Championship games at the Den.
  • Latics came through West Bromwich Albion unscathed in terms of personnel.

Millwall v Wigan Athletic iFollow

Paul Cook on Latics' away form

"What do we put the away form down to? We don't know. We prepare as well as we can, we do the right things and the lads turn up, but unfortunately we do feel that for QPR, Norwich and Aston Villa, they'll all be loses, but have we really deserved to lose? Not for me.

"That can happen and it's margins. Manager always speak about small margins, we've got the margins right at home, we just need to improve them away from home.

"Is it as easy as people think? No, these teams that you travel to are strong. You only have to look at Millwall and their home form, it's not as easy as people think, but you can only prepare well, gives the lads the information and then it's down to the players."

Paul Cook on Millwall and Neil Harris

"It's not easy for me to speak about clubs especially when we don't have first hand experience of playing against them.

"What I can speak about is the heights Millwall hit last year. They were phenomenal and obviously for Neil and his players it's about recapturing what they were doing well last season.

"It's an unforgiving league. If you look at their game at Reading on Saturday, they didn't deserve to lose the game. The 3-1 score line was totally wrong, but that's football and that's what can happen.

"To go to Millwall at any given time is never ever easy. It doesn't matter where Millwall are in the league or what type of run they're on, winning at the Den is a very tough thing to do. It's a very unforgiving place to win football games.

"Neil's very experienced, he's a top manager and he'll be telling his lads to replicate what they're doing and everything will be okay for them.

"The last team to go to the Den was Aston Villa and they got beat 2-1. Neil and his staff know exactly what they're doing, they have a style of play which suits Millwall Football Club and they'll be fine.

"This is as difficult a test as we could have and we're well prepared for it."

Paul Cook on team news

"Like everyone we've got a couple of bumps and bruises but nothing dramatic that would result in players missing game.

"We're okay player wise in relation to Saturday and the longer term injuries to Will, Michael and Gavin are what they are."


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