Manager delighted with the result and his side’s performance as they produce remarkable win against the odds at Elland Road.
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Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook couldn’t hide his delight as his players produced one of the most spirited performances in the club’s recent history to come from behind to win 2-1 at Leeds United.
After Cedric Kipre was sent off and the hosts had a penalty, it seemed for all the world that Latics would crash to another away defeat.
But within themselves Cook’s side found strength and delivered a vital three points thanks to a Gavin Massey double.
“I am just delighted for everyone involved, nobody more so than our supporters,” Cook explained.
“We felt that there was goals in us today, I think our fans know we travel with intent and as I’ve said, I am really pleased for the players and the travelling supporters today.
“With such a young group, to travel like they do and to come to a stadium like this today and get a result. They will go home so happy tonight, and with three games to go, our destiny is very much in our own hands. I am so proud of the players for that.”
Cook continued with saying how proud he was of the way his players dealt with the atmosphere and circumstances of the game.
“The most pleasing thing in the game, at that point [the penalty] in the stadium it was a case of ‘how many will Leeds win by?’ For our lads to score two goals against a great Leeds team with ten men, to continually take the game to them in the best way that we could, I am so happy for them.
“We’ve been much maligned over the away form and at times it’s been so hurting for myself and the players because the margins in football are small. But today, the margins went our way and I am so proud of the players for that.”
And Cook finished by acknowledging whilst the win at Elland Road was huge for his side, the battle for survival is not over.
“The lads are continuing to learn as we go, that’s what football is about,” he continued. “When you learn, you make mistakes, you get punished and that’s the level we are at. Today we have had that many blocks, that many good headers and Christian Walton has been outstanding, Leon and Gavin have worked so hard but everyone was brilliant.
“Now, what we have is a perfect result for us. We can all enjoy our weekend and look forward to Preston at home now. Hopefully we can get a really good crowd behind us and they can see us cement what we have set out to achieve.
“Three games to go, five points is a fantastic gap but there is nothing done. I cannot speak highly enough of Rotherham especially, the other teams that are involved are what they are. But for Rotherham to continually make that fight with everyone, there is so much credit that needs to go to Paul and the players at Rotherham. They will take that fight right to the wire and we’ve got to make sure we do the same.”