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29 September 2018

Boss reflects on defeat at Carrow Road as Latics drop to 8th in the Sky Bet Championship.

  • WATCH: Paul Cook on Wigan Athletic’s 1-0 defeat at Norwich City
  • Cook urges for perspective after disappointing late penalty at Carrow Road
  • Cook: "For the disappointment, we have learnt in this league you must pick yourselves up and go again."

Wigan Athletic boss Paul Cook said his side were massively disappointed to not take a point back to Wigan with them on Saturday afternoon as Mario Vrancic’s late penalty saw Norwich City win 1-0 at Carrow Road.

Reflecting post-match with iFollow Latics, Cook said:

“It is massively disappointing, it really is, because we had done enough in the game to fully deserve a draw, without a shadow of a doubt.

“We got in great positions in the game without really having that final cutting edge if the truth be known. I don’t know what the stats will reveal but I felt we were in the ascendency in the game and the stuff we had worked on, the lads were doing really well.

“The game was petering out into a 0-0 and it would have been a 0-0 where you shake hands and you go back happy.

“For the disappointment, we have learnt in this league you must pick yourselves up and go again.

“We thank the fans for travelling, we had great support down here today.”

On his side’s performance as a whole, Cook added:

“We restricted a very good Norwich side to not a lot and that’s great credit to the players.

“Collectively, we looked good and I thought the shape of the team was strong and I thought we got in the right areas to hurt them but lacked that quality in our final thrust. On the flip side, I am not sure Christian made too many saves in the game – at a ground where we know they are strong.”

Finishing, Cook urged for perspective as Latics sit 8th in the Sky Bet Championship after 10 games.

“We said at the start of the season, you have highs and lows and they will be there for all to see but it is important if we get beat, we have a downer and then we pick ourselves up,” Cook explained.

“I won’t allow negativity or disappointment to come around our squad in any shape or form.”

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