Manager admits his side were well beaten by Dean Smith’s Bees at Griffin Park.
- WATCH: Paul Cook reflects on Wigan Athletic’s 2-0 defeat to Brentford in the Sky Bet Championship
- Cook acknowledged his side were well beaten at Griffin Park by Dean Smith’s side
- Cook: “Brentford were the best team on the pitch by a country mile and there are no excuses from us.”
Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook conceded his side were well beaten by Brentford on Saturday afternoon as Latics fell to a defeat on their return to Sky Bet Championship action.
Cook watched on as a Neal Maupay double either side of half-time earned the hosts all three points.
Speaking post-match with iFollow Latics, Cook stated he was disappointed with his side’s performance at Griffin Park.
“I am not so much disappointed with the result, more the performance because we didn’t play well,” Cook explained.
“First and foremost we must congratulate Brentford because we weren’t allowed to play well and from the start of the game they made it very difficult for us.
“We managed to create a chance or two in the first-half but we were very much second best.
“Coming into the second-half I felt we were maybe just starting to get a foothold in the game but then the Samy sending off changes the outcome of the game.”
Although he didn’t want to use the dismissal of Latics’ skipper as an excuse, he did feel his side had a mountain to climb once they were down to ten men.
“At the time, I personally didn’t think it was a sending off but we haven’t watched it back for hindsight and everyone will have a different opinion. For me it looked like a clear and genuine clash of heads,” Cook continued.
“For me, I didn’t think Samy went in maliciously to do anything other than try and head the ball.”
“Brentford were the best team on the pitch by a country mile and there are no excuses from us. The sending off has affected the game in what was a contest – because at 1-0 we might still have a chance – but Brentford were excellent and great credit to them.”
Finishing, Cook said he did feel the Bees were the best side he has come up against this season and that his attention now goes to Tuesday night’s visit of Hull City to the DW Stadium.
“We knew when we come into the league that we wanted to take the game to teams, we wanted to have a style of play but today we were well beaten,” he said.
“I thank the fans for travelling, I know they’ll go back disappointed, but hopefully we can bounce back on Tuesday.
“This league is unforgiving; it’s a tough, tough league and there is no team out there where you think you’ll be alright and you’ll win.”