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14 April 2019

Paul Cook's thoughts following Latics' 1-1 draw with Sky Bet Championship leaders Norwich City.

  • iFollow Latics - Paul Cook post-Norwich City.
  • Latics led through Reece James' penalty until the 81st minute.
  • Leon Clarke had a goal disallowed four minutes into stoppage time.

Speaking to iFollow Latics after his side's 1-1 draw with Sky Bet Championship leaders Norwich City on Sunday afternoon, Paul Cook said he couldn't have asked for much more from his players.

"I thought the lads were excellent today, we lacked different things within the game, but that only comes when you've been in the division for a period of time and you sustain what you're doing.

"Experience and knowhow is something that is hard to find and it's only going through experiences like we are when you build it up.

"At 1-0 up we were in a position where, possibly, we should have become a bit more rigid to see the game out. Unfortunately, when we're in the moments when you think everything is going well, we're shown at our weakest.

"Can we ask for anything more from our players today? Not a chance, I thought they were excellent.

"We got everything we wanted out of the players today, we wanted Norwich to actually earn the right to get something out of the game and if they were to do that, they'd have to work very hard.

"We were strong and aggressive. I thought our wide players Naismith and Massey were excellent. It was only a matter of time before their legs ran out of energy because of the way we wanted to play. We had a lot of strong performances.

Latics led 1-0 through a Reece James penalty, but Norwich and the league's leading goal scorer Teemu Pukki equalised with nine minute to play. Despite the impending threat from the division's top side, Latics continued to push and even had a goal disallowed late on for a debatable offside call against Leon Clarke.

Cook continued:

"These are the margins in games, it's happened to us against Brentford and again today and just imagine what those four points would have done for our season. We haven't got them, so we just stay focused, keep believing in what we're doing and keep working hard.

"We know how hard it has been for the club to stay up in previous years and we're determined to do our best to make sure our fans are happy.

"The teams around us, especially Rotherham, deserve great credit because they keep knocking out results.

"They're getting them from the desire of the manager, the staff and the players. Rotherham are within one game of going above us, which is exactly why we have to stay on it and pick up as many points to see us safe."
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