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17 September 2018

The gaffer looks ahead to Tuesday's meeting with his former Latics team mate Nigel Adkins' Hull City and brings an update on the current situation with Samy Morsy.

  • Preview: Paul Cook on Wigan Athletic v Hull City.
  • An update on Sam Morsy following his red card against Brentford FC.
  • Paul Cook on his side's approach to their meeting with Nigel Adkins' Tigers.

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Speaking to iFollow Latics at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre on Monday morning ahead of his side's clash with Nigel Adkins' Hull City at the DW Stadium on Tuesday night, Paul Cook gave his assessment of the weekend's result at Brentford, Samy Morsy's red card and his approach to facing the Tigers in the Sky Bet Championship.

Paul Cook on Nigel Adkins and Hull City

"We look forward to Nigel (Adkins) and his team coming to us on the night.

"They're all good sides in this division. Hull come off the back of an excellent win on Saturday and I'm sure Nigel will be delighted with what they're doing at the minute. They're playing very positive football, so I'm sure it will be a very good game.

"Nigel has had a fantastic career and he was always a really nice lad when we played together, a really good fella. He's managing a good club and doing really well amongst change and difficult times at Hull recently. Nigel has steadied the ship really well and with his positive outlook on things he'll be determined to see them go forward."

Paul Cook on appealing Sam Morsy's suspension

"We're going to appeal the decision against Sam Morsy. We felt there were a lot of contributing factors to Sam getting sent off at a point when we were just getting back into the game.

"My immediate reaction to it was both lads putting their heads in to try and head the ball, and when you get that then it's an accidental clash of heads. If the appeal panel deem that to be the case then great, if they don't then we just get on with it.

"The Brentford players certainly played a part in Sam getting sent off with two or three players running to the referee point to their elbows.

"I said at the time that if I was wrong I would apologise, but after looking back on it I don't feel that there's anything for me to apologise about and the decision is quite clear."

Paul Cook on Saturday's defeat at Griffin Park

"We look forward to all of the games in this division whether it's for good or bad reasons. We've come off the back of probably our worst performance of the season.

"We're very disappointed and you could write so many things about how we didn't play well and the things we didn't do in that game. All of our other travelling games have been good, even Aston Villa where we got beat in the last minute, we played well and at QPR we still played well, but on Saturday we got beat by a better team and I've no issues with saying that.

"Brentford were excellent and we didn't get a foot hold in the game. Just at the point when we maybe were, we had the disappointment of the sending off.

"We'll lick our wounds and come back to the DW on Tuesday for two great games in a short space of time, starting with Hull City and then Bristol City on Friday.

"This league is everything it promises to be; repetitive, quick and good teams thick and fast."

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