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WATCH: PAUL COOK REFLECTS ON WIGAN ATHLETIC’S 2-2 DRAW AT BRISTOL CITY

6 April 2019

Manager has mixed emotions after salvaging late draw at Bristol City on Saturday afternoon.

  • WATCH: Paul Cook reflects on Wigan Athletic’s 2-2 draw at Bristol City
  • Cook pleased with point but equally disappointed his side can’t grab victory at Ashton Gate
  • Cook: “You know there must be a level of improvement in certain departments of the pitch and none more so highlighted than the five minutes today that have seen us go from a comfortable lead to going behind 2-1.”

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook spoke to iFollow Latics following Latics’ 2-2 draw at Bristol City on Saturday afternoon.

Anthony Pilkington scored a late equaliser for Cook’s side but it was a sense of mixed emotions for Cook.

“I think, even for our fans, it’s very much a fair indication of probably where we’re at, at the level. Going forward we’ve genuinely tried to carry a threat and create chances which we’ve done. Unfortunately, defensively, we have the ability just to give teams soft goals and that was no different today.

“Whilst it’s important we stick together and stay strong, you know there must be a level of improvement in certain departments of the pitch and none more so highlighted than the five minutes today that have seen us go from a comfortable lead to going behind 2-1.

“The character of the team is good. The subs came on and effected it really well, we carried a threat the whole game. I thought Powell and Windass looked good behind Joe Garner who was excellent, but unfortunately the goals change the game and from there we’re making substitutions we probably didn’t want to make, albeit they had a positive effect.

“We’re delighted for the Wigan fans who travelled down today. They travel home a little happier for seeing us come back from a losing position away for probably the first time this season to take a point.”

Cook continued:

“Our fans travel home and away, they know us, there’s nothing hidden. We don’t put enough chances away and have the ability to give away soft goals. That can lead to frustration, these lads did so well last year and they’re trying their best.

“The most important thing with six games to go is that we stay focused and keep believing. We’re three games unbeaten, the teams are tough that we play and we move on now to Wednesday night.

“I want us to win games to stay up. It’s always an ideal world if someone gets beat but you can’t pay a team like Rotherham a big enough complement bouncing back and beating Forest today. Millwall have had a great win, all the teams down there are strong. We expect other teams pick points up and win games, we want to win games ourselves that will help us get safe.”

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