Paul Cook pleased Latics showed physical qualities in battling draw at Rotherham United.
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- Paul Cook: “All round I thought we had good performances because it was a difficult game today and when you are a passing team, it is difficult to go to Rotherham and impose yourselves on the game and we never managed to do that. We did, however, impose ourselves physically on the game and that was so important.”
Wigan Athletic manager was pleased with his side’s bravery and physical strength as they earned a 1-1 draw at Rotherham United on Saturday.
Speaking to iFollow Latics after Josh Windass’ third goal in as many games earned his side a point, Cook said:
“First of all, I think Rotherham were not far off unplayable in the first-half; they were that good, they were that strong, they put the ball in all of the correct areas.
“We lost Danny Fox, Lee Evans pulled out ill this morning and we lost a bit of physicality with Lee going out and Beni [Baningime] going in. We knew we were going to have to defend.
“When Rotherham scored the goal, like most people I wondered if we would buckle under the pressure.
“But great credit to the players because I thought we were the better team in the second-half, in terms of how it went in the first-half.”
Windass’ goal followed up his recent strikes against Nottingham Forest and QPR and Cook was pleased to see the forward hit the back of the net again.
“Josh is in good form at the minute,” he added. “That is three in three, he’s scoring goals well, he’s a finisher and he has just got to concentrate within the game on what he is good at, when he does that, he is a handful of a player because he can finish, score and run them channels.
“All round I thought we had good performances because it was a difficult game today and when you are a passing team, it is difficult to go to Rotherham and impose yourselves on the game and we never managed to do that. We did, however, impose ourselves physically on the game and that was so important.”
And whilst Cook couldn’t get that first away win since August, he wanted to thank the 1,200 supporters who made the trip to the New York Stadium, stating:
“1,200 Wigan fans travelled across and it’s a point – it is not the win that we are all searching for, but it is better than nothing,” he said.
“Big pat on the back for our supporters and the players for taking a point out of today’s game.”
Cook also confirmed Danny Fox is better than initially feared after he was knocked out on the pitch in the first-half. Fox has sustained cuts to his lip and was concussed and will be monitored by the club’s medical staff.