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23 February 2019

"It was a tough afternoon." - Paul Cook reflects on Latics' draw against the Tractor Boys.

  • iFollow Latics: Paul Cook's reaction to Latics' 1-1 draw against Ipswich Town.
  • Joe Garner came off the bench to clinch a late point following Will Keane's first half penalty.
  • Ipswich went down to ten men in the first half following Jonas Knudsen's dismissal.

Speaking to iFollow Latics after his side's 1-1 draw against 10-man Ipswich Town, Paul Cook said he was disappointed with the performance, but happy to take a point given the difficulty of the game.

"We didn't play well that's for certain," Cook began.

"We were lacklustre and slow with what we did. It's always more difficult than you would think when teams get set behind the ball, even with ten men it's very hard to break down.

"We had to wait and wait and wait. Reece James provided the quality on the right for Joe Garner and we finally had our moment.

"It was a tough afternoon for us and great credit to Ipswich because they defended to a

"Whilst it was a disappointing game for us, it's another point and we move on.

"We had to work the ball wide, puts balls into the box and take chances because it can't be worked through teams when they crowd the middle areas of the pitch.

"It was a case of trying to make the subs in the right way. I'm delighted with Joe Garner. We were going to bring him on earlier, but I thought Callum McManaman would add quality in wide areas for us at the time.

"I'm pleased we got the point in the end because to lose to a team around us would have been very disappointing. It's not the end of the world I must add because the games continue and there are points out there for us all.

"It would have been great to grab a winner at the end, but I do feel it might have been harsh on Ipswich as they deserve a lot of credit.

"The sending off put us in the ascendancy and then we conceded a penalty straight away. In my world that shouldn't happen, we should be clinical in the way that we defend.

"There's a points tally our there that is achievable and one we need to get. I was pleased today because there looked a good crowd. They were right to be disappointed with the way we played and I've got no problem with that, so at least we had that little bit at the end when they could feel the relief from the tension."

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