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13 February 2019

Latics boss Paul Cook reflects on his side's 0-0 draw with Stoke City at the DW Stadium.

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Speaking to iFollow Latics following his side's 0-0 draw against Stoke City at the DW Stadium, Paul Cook said agreed with the result, with both side wrestling for control, but playing out a stalemate.

"The draw is a fair result. There were stages in the game when both teams tried to gain control without their ever really being any clear cut chances.

"Both formations allowed each other spells of possession, but without any cutting edge.

"We have to be pleased, especially when you look at the calibre of players that Stoke carry.

"It's pleasing to match up to these teams and have a good game. We were both trying to get high up the pitch to gain control of the opposition's half. "They carry a great threat and late on we're happy with a point."

With both sides looking for a moment to win the game, Cook said that despite not getting it, he was pleased to see Nick Powell return from an 11-week lay off.

"The game was screaming out for a moment of magic today. The script was written for Nick Powell coming on because we've seen his quality so many times before, but I'm delighted with the point in truth because it was a tough game.

"We're all pleased to have Michael Jacobs, Gavin Massey and Nick Powell all back on the pitch at the same time again.

"We move on now to preparing for our next game at home against Ipswich. If we can get three points from that game it will put us in a very strong position in the division.

"Disappointment is never too far away in this division because you can't go into a game thinking you're just going to be alright, you've got to make it happen.

"We had some strong defensive performances tonight, but that was the game we were in."

Latics' preparation for Ipswich Town begins straight away, with the squad set to travel to Dubai on Thursday morning.

"We're going to have a warm weather training camp, we've got a game on Saturday whilst we're out there.

"It'll be good to give some game-time to some of the lads who haven't been playing and for others it will provide rest and recuperation to get us ready in time for Ipswich."

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