Paul Cook reflects on Latics' 1-0 home win against Bristol City as his side go third in the Sky Bet Championship.
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Speaking to iFollow Latics after Wigan Athletic's 1-0 victory over Bristol City in the Sky Bet Championship on Friday night, Latics boss Paul Cook heaped praise on his team's efforts during a tough week of fixtures.
Latics lifted themselves up to third place with the win at the DW Stadium, with Cook saying:
"It feels great. The feelings in football we all live and dream to be this high in the league and it's a fantastic achievement for the players, staff and everyone at the club. To come from where we where when we got relegated 18 months ago to be in the position we are in now is excellent.
"We've played nine games in a very demanding and unforgiving league. It's only six days ago that we were travelling back from Brentford on the floor. We were very disappointed with how we played.
"Five or six days later we've bounced back with two home wins and the players deserve all of the credit.
"Whilst we're delighted with the league position because it's there for all to see, we're not stupid, we know what football brings and we'll keep working hard and keep our feet on the ground."
Latics impressed with a fast start to the second half, but Cook was well aware that the game wasn't what most people were expecting.
"We had to show a side to our game that we're probably not renowned for. I thought we were defensively sound and we limited Bristol City to very few chances, and by the way, we had very few chances as well. It wasn't the game we all thought it was going to be. It's important to stay solid and in the last week we've given some teams too much space to run through us. Tonight the full backs were narrower and worked with the central midfielders.
"The best way to respond is not by speaking, it's through your actions and two wins on the bounce in this division is a pleasure to see.
"The important thing is that we won as a team. I'm very reluctant to single players out. We've had a lot of plaudits for being a good passing team, but tonight was a tough game.
"We only made one change with Griggy being injured and the lads had to go again in a busy week.
"Both teams cancelled each other out for the majority of the game and myself and Lee Johnson would probably have shook hands on a draw as a fair result, but moments of magic are why the players are what they are. Nick Powell gets a lot of the plaudits because of those moments in games. It was a great ball in from Josh (Windass) and a fantastic header from Nick, he hangs in the air so well that he can just guide it into the corner."
Latics supporters have enjoyed some excellent victories at the DW Stadium since Cook took charge of the team in 2017, something the manager has been delighted to deliver to the Wigan Athletic faithful.
"It's a great feeling for all of our fans, but disappointment is never far away in football and we have to keep our feet firmly on the ground and make sure we keep working hard with our good habits to collect more points and make our supporters happy."
On what the next few days will bring, Cook added:
"The lads will get some days off now, they've trained every day and worked extremely hard on and off the pitch. When you win like tonight, the feeling of turning a corner and winning two in a row is a fantastic feeling for everybody."