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5 April 2019

Manager Paul Cook looks ahead to trip to promotion-chasing Bristol City on Saturday.

  • WATCH: Paul Cook previews Wigan Athletic’s clash with Bristol City
  • Cook provides the latest updates on Michael Jacobs, Gary Roberts and Callum McManaman and assesses Lee Johnson’s Bristol City.
  • Cook: “We have a chance over these next four0five days to do something about our away form.”

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook says Bristol City are the perfect role model for any progressive football club as his side travel to Ashton Gate on Saturday afternoon.

The Robins remain in firm contention of promotion as Lee Johnson’s side sit in fifth-place, following their dramatic 3-2 win over promotion rivals Sheffield United last weekend.

And Cook is full of praise for Saturday’s hosts and the threat they pose.

“They’re doing great, Bristol City are a proper football club who are very well run, they’re progressing really well with the recruitment and under their manager.

“I think for clubs that want to progressively plan and go forward, Bristol City are a perfect example; they’ve got a strong fanbase, big stadium and lovely infrastructure.

“They find themselves towards the top of the table and deservedly so, to go to Sheffield United and Middlesbrough away in the space of a week and get two strong results speaks volume for Lee (Johnson) and his players.”

Cook will be without forwards Michael Jacobs and Callum McManaman for the trip to Ashton Gate.

“We’ve got a couple of injuries, Michael Jacobs looks like he’s now out for the season, which is a massive blow. Callum McManaman has gone for a hernia operation this morning and he’s done well so they will be big misses for us, but the rest of the lads have to stand up and step forward.

“It’s a big blow because Michael is an important player for us, the team functions and plays better when he’s in the starting XI, but we haven’t got him so we need to adjust how we’re going to play and hopefully that can yield a positive result.”

Cook acknowledged the importance of the fans in boosting his players for the remaining seven games of the Sky Bet Championship season.

“We need the full backing of all Wigan Athletic fans going into both games, as well as next Sunday’s game against Norwich City.

“It’s a massive game, the games are running out for everyone at the bottom and top end of the table and we’ve put ourselves in a good position following two good home performances.

“The home form is frighteningly good, it’s there for everyone to see but we need to acknowledge where we are in the table and hopefully get some points.”

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