Boss delighted with his side’s performance as DW Stadium run continues with 1-0 win over West Bromwich Albion.
- WATCH: Paul Cook on Wigan Athletic’s 1-0 victory over West Bromwich Albion
- Cook full of praise for goal-scorer Josh Windass and returning duo Gary Roberts and Nathan Byrne
- Cook: “Our lads were well up for the game and we were tuned in; everything we asked them to do, they did with aplomb.”
Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook showed his delight as his side beat West Bromwich Albion 1-0 at the DW Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Cook watched on as Josh Windass scored the only goal of the game to keep Latics’ unbeaten run at the DW Stadium this season intact.
Speaking post-match with iFollow Latics, Cook said:
“We left Preston two weeks ago and we were very down and disappointed but it is a long season. We have just beaten a free-scoring team and we looked rock solid defensively and played really well in the game. That is all I ask as a manager and tonight our fans go home very happy.
“To take such a big scalp – and that’s what this is – is great. Our lads were well up for the game and we were tuned in; everything we asked them to do, they did with aplomb.
“We just keep going, it is such an unforgiving league and we are now on the road and we need to pick up that form on the road.”
Cook was forced into changes with injuries to Will Grigg and Michael Jacobs adding to Gavin Massey already being on the side-lines.
Darron Gibson was also suspended but Cook’s team selection paid dividends, with Windass in a more central role, supported by Nick Powell, Gary Roberts and Nathan Byrne.
“It has been a little bit unfair on Josh because of the injuries to Gavin Massey and now to Michael Jacobs, we have been trying to fit and accommodate people in,” Cook explained. “Today, we had natural balance with Gary Roberts - who was absolutely magnificent – and Nathan Byrne the same. That allowed Josh to play in a position that we have brought him into the club to do and you saw the energy he has got, whilst he also can finish – his goal was top class.
“I can’t speak highly enough of Nathan Byrne and Gary Roberts; managers speak all the time about trust and they are two lads I trust. Nathan has been very unfortunate that Reece James has arrived on loan and is playing so well, but I’d play Nathan Byrne in any football match, no matter how long I was manager. Gary Roberts is no different, you saw the quality they have, the energy they give and the fitness levels of them both to play in a game like that for 88/89 minutes is great credit to both lads.”