Boss reflects on superb Latics performance as they beat Aston Villa 3-0 at the DW Stadium.
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Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook couldn’t speak highly enough of his players after an outstanding performance led to a 3-0 victory against Aston Villa on Saturday afternoon.
Reflecting post-match with iFollow Latics after goals from Gary Roberts, Michael Jacobs and Joe Garner sealed the win, Cook said:
“I am delighted for the players and the supporters; I have great faith in the players and today was a great day for us.
“We played against such an excellent team and you only have to look at the calibre of player on the pitch that we are against.
“All of the big moments in the games recently have gone against us but today the key moments went for us.
“We missed a great chance early on through Josh Windass and Joe Garner had a good header before all of a sudden Gary Roberts, who is doing so well in the team and deserves a massive pat on the back along with Kal Naismith, scores for us.
“Second-half we knew that Villa would come on to us very strong and it was key moments again; we got the second goal through Michael Jacobs.”
Cook continued to wax lyrical about his side as he reflected on the boost Michael Jacobs’ return gave the side.
“I am delighted to get Michael back and Powelly [Nick Powell] trains on Monday after 6-8 weeks out,” Cook continued.
“At times today I thought we were excellent; we looked a threat, we created chances, we were solid and defensively we were good.
“The players deserve all of the plaudits tonight and I am so pleased for them and so proud of them.”
The win was Latics’ first since they beat Blackburn Rovers in November and Cook says it was needed for his players.
“We have 19 games left and, as we said earlier in the week, staying in this league is our challenge and it is what we want to achieve,” he explained.
“We have had a little barren run but you could see what it meant to the players. The partnerships between players were there for all to see today and that is something we have probably lacked over recent weeks.
“We have tried our best as staff not to criticise players etc. because it is a squad game and, at times, our squad has been really stretched this season.”
“The squad needed that result today, the club needed it, because we are on this little run and everyone feels it – nobody more so than myself – and it hurts.”