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2 February 2019

Paul Cook looks ahead to Latics' Sky Bet Championship clash with Queens Park Rangers at the DW Stadium.

  • Preview: Paul Cook looks ahead to Latics' clash with Queens Park Rangers.
  • Latics' boss discusses the January transfer window.
  • Paul Cook brings the latest team news and fitness updates.


Paul Cook on team news v QPR

“For us now going forward it’s about integrating them players going forward, Jedi (Antonee Robinson) and Gavin Massey are both training back on grass now, but they won’t be available tomorrow but will be for next week’s game against Rotherham, there’s only really Nick Powell to get back out there and we will have a fully fit squad.

“Anthony Pilkington will be back involved in the squad tomorrow for sure.

“For our supporters, the most important thing now for us is focusing on what we want to achieve together.”

Paul Cook on the January transfer window and departure of Will Grigg

“I’m disappointed for a lot of reasons, especially with the relationship he had with the staff, players and supporters. Every year, every goal Will scored for this club and his relationship with our supporters was amazing.

“He’s now a Sunderland player, we certainly wish Will well, we did our best at times to keep him and turned down many bids but that’s football, we all have to move on, players and managers will come and go but the club will forever be the same.

“Will will be forever popular with our club and will always be welcome back to Wigan Athletic.

“I understand the fans’ emotions within it, you sit here as a manager hoping the time would come and go, we were happy with what we were doing business wise, you want to protect players as much as you can but like everything in football, players have a price and contracts come into it.

“We’ve done our best, we really did but when Sunderland came in with an offer like that, suddenly we have a decision to make and so did he (Will Grigg) and it’s fair that everyone has to make that decision.”

Paul Cook on new signings and outgoing loans

“I’m absolutely delighted, to bring in the player’s we’ve got, we needed leaders, we needed experience and we needed men, so I think we’ve ticked all the boxes with that, we’ve done really well in the window.

“We wish them (outgoing loans) all well. James Vaughan came in 12 months ago and was a very popular figure in the dressing room, very committed lad and will always be welcome back to the club.

“Callum Connolly, it never quite worked for him at the club in the way we all thought it might, he goes to Bolton Wanderers with our best wishes.

“Leo Da Silva Lopes is an exciting prospect who needs to further his football education by playing down at Gillingham under Steve Lowell, I’m sure he will learn a lot from that.”

Paul Cook on Queens Park Rangers

“It’s important the lads get integrated, we’ve got a lot of new players coming together, Morsy is out tomorrow but it’s important the new players develop into how we want to play as a team, getting that team spirit and collectiveness.

“It will be one of them days like the first game of the season, where we put things in place and work them, so hopefully it will come to fruition.

“QPR have had an excellent season so far under Steve (McClaren), they play good football and have a nice style of play, they are well organised and carry a big threat going forward so it’s going to be a tough game for us tomorrow.

“Our home record is obviously strong, so picking up points at home is vital for us and hopefully we can address the away form as we go along too.”

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