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19 October 2018

Paul Cook on how Latics need to 'revert to type' in the Sky Bet Championship this weekend against West Brom.

  • Preview: Paul Cook on Latics v West Bromwich Albion.
  • Cook well aware of the threats Darren Moore's side possess.
  • Latics to make changes at the DW Stadium against the Baggies.

West Brom H

Speaking to iFollow Latics at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre in Euxton on Friday morning ahead of his side's Sky Bet Championship clash with West Bromwich Albion at the DW Stadium on Saturday, Paul Cook said his side need to 'revert to type' to take on Darren Moore's Baggies.

“This league is what it is," Cook began.

"It is that competitive and tough that there aren’t any blips or bumps in the road because there’s massive hurdles to get over and we’ve got to stay with it.

“We’re walking into a team on Saturday that in my opinion is right up there with the best in the league without a shadow of a doubt. They’ve got strength, experience, pace and energy so we’re now trying to rectify a problem against Preston by facing one of the best teams in the league.

“For us it’s about going into the game and reverting to type and asking ourselves questions such as why are we unbeaten at home, why have we had so much success at the DW Stadium and why have we done so well as a team, so it’s about getting back to that and the result will take care of itself.

“From Darren Moore’s point of view not only did he do a fantastic job at the end of last season when they had some fantastic results against big teams, they’ve started this season possibly a little bit slowly but boy have they picked it up. They’ve picked it up to a level that’s fantastically good for Darren, his staff and his players. They’re a really good side and play good football.

“You’ve only got to look at their goals to see they’re a free-scoring team, and for everything we wanted by getting into the Championship I feel we’re going to get on Saturday.

“At some point I’m sure West Brom will impose themselves on the game due to the calibre of players they’ve got, but you’ll see two teams doing their utmost to win a football game."

On player availability for the game, Cook added:

“We’ve got a few players missing on Saturday and have a couple of lads with longer-term injuries which is very, very disappointing, but we’ll put a team on the pitch and that’s football. We’re not going to make excuses and will go out there to win the game and be aggressive."

Catch up with captain Samy Morsy and get his thoughts ahead of Saturday's game, including some insight into West Brom and his Egypt international team mate Ahmed Hegazi below.

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