Boss says derby defeat an “all-time low” of his time in charge of Latics as disappointing afternoon ends in 4-0 loss.
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Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook says he was disappointed with his side’s offering as they lost 4-0 at Preston North End on Saturday afternoon.
Reflecting post-match on the derby defeat, Cook said:
“I have to be careful what I say because emotions are raw just after full-time; we are disappointed but the best team won the game on the day and that really is the disappointment because it is maybe the lowest point I have had at the club.
“The players have been fantastic to date; we have offered so much goodness in my time at the club but that was an all-time low today and that was a game where – irrespective of the sending off etc. – Preston were a lot better than us and fully deserved the win.”
The defeat was disappointing for Cook’s side and a superb travelling support of nearly 4,000 in the away end and Cook wanted to praise the fans for their efforts in getting behind the side when they didn’t have a lot to cheer about.
“When we come into the division at the start of the season, we all knew and expected it to be tough and it doesn’t disappoint,” Cook explained. “The games come thick and fast and we are going into a group of fixtures now that are very difficult.
“The most important thing as a manager and supporter when you go away from home is that your players turn up and they represent themselves properly and they haven’t done that today, but I am not going to be critical on the players because they have done too well for me personally and for the club.
“We come here today with great expectation, great support – and I thought the fans stuck with us great and I really appreciated that, that’s what supporting your team is because we needed that today – it’s a long season and hopefully we can repay that faith soon.
“Preston are a good side; they finished 7th in the Championship last year and they have a lot of good players. We felt it might be a game where both teams hurt each other but we are not doing enough at each end, I think that’s quite clear for supporters and myself. Managers have to manage from game-to-game, though, and I am trying to be a lot more objective because the players have been fantastic to date.”