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PAUL COOK: “WE NEED TO REPLICATE LARGE PARTS OF OUR PERFORMANCE AT BRISTOL CITY”

9 April 2019

Manager looks ahead to Wednesday night’s trip to Hull City.

  • PAUL COOK: Manager looks ahead to Sky Bet Championship clash between Latics and Hull City
  • Cook eager for his side to replicate large parts of their Bristol City performance at the KCOM Stadium
  • Cook: “I really enjoyed watching us play on Saturday because we looked a really good side in how we attacked and, for large parts of the game, how we defended.”

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook says his side would stand a good chance of earning a positive result at Hull City on Wednesday night if they were to replicate Saturday’s performance at Bristol City.

Like Lee Johnson’s Robins, the Tigers are chasing a Sky Bet Championship play-off place and provide stern opposition but Cook felt his side’s performance at Ashton Gate gives room for optimism.

“I am looking forward to the game,” Cook told wiganathletic.com on Tuesday. “I really enjoyed watching us play on Saturday because we looked a really good side in how we attacked and, for large parts of the game, how we defended.

“In terms of the opposition as well, I felt it was a good football match and we want to replicate performances like that because if we can create the chances we created at Bristol at Hull tomorrow night, the likelihood would be that we get a positive result.

“Sometimes you don’t understand how at home you can have so many defensive clean sheets yet away from home you don’t look capable.

“Away from home we have been in so many great positions too many times and we ask ‘will it change between now and the end of the season?’. My job is to tinker with it, coax it, cajole it in the hope that we find that magic formula that sees us win away from home.”

Cook’s former Latics teammate Nigel Adkins has taken the Tigers on a remarkable run of form since their defeat at the DW Stadium in September.

And the manager is full of respect for his counterpart.

“To say the job Nigel is doing is amazing would be an understatement,” Cook explained. “When we beat Hull at home earlier in the season, the majority of the people within the stadium and leaving the stadium thought Hull would be in for a long season but from there on in what a job he has done.

“I wouldn’t like to look at the points Nigel has taken from 10 games onwards – you’d see Hull comfortably in the play-offs.

“They have good players, are a good team and carry a threat and it is a tough game for us without a doubt.

“He is a great lad Nigel,” he continued. “He was goalkeeper when I was here, we played with each other and I am sure we will have a little bit of banter tomorrow night. He has done a great job, it is great to see and he has proven what a fantastic manager he is.”

Cook did unfortunately confirm that his side have picked up injuries this weekend, albeit he wants to keep his cards close to his chest.

“We will keep our bumps and bruises from the weekend quite private,” Cook added. “We have unfortunately got a couple of issues in and around us and that is how it is at this stage of the season.

“We are disappointed with injuries, of course, and it puts a big onus on the lads who are fit to carry us in what we are searching for.

“Cal Mac is touch and go whether that will be his season done and for Gary Roberts it isn’t season over but, other than the obvious with Crackers, we’ll keep the rest close to our chest for now.”

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