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WATCH: PAUL COOK ASSESSES WIGAN ATHLETIC’S DEFEAT AT SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY

19 January 2019

Latics boss gives his thoughts on his side’s 1-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.

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Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook says his side couldn’t cope with the pressure and quality of Sheffield Wednesday in the second-half as they faced a barrage of attempts on their goal in the second 45 after a first-half in which they could have grabbed the opener.

Reflecting post-match on his side’s 1-0 defeat at Hillsborough, Cook said:

“At half-time I was thinking there was something there for us but in the second-half Sheffield Wednesday totally dominated the game and fully deserved the victory.

“We got ourselves into a position to possibly get something from the game but, unfortunately, we fell away in the second-half and Sheffield Wednesday were full value for the win.

“We never got a foothold in the game or got into positions to hurt them and that is great credit to them.

“We didn’t start the game well at all, we had 15 or 20 minutes in which we didn’t come to terms with the game and then we had two or three chances in the first-half where we looked like we might get something and we grew into the half, probably finishing it the better side.

“We knew Sheffield Wednesday would be buoyed by kicking towards the Kop in the second-half and we knew they would come on to us. We spoke about the situations that may develop but, unfortunately, we never got to grips with it and Sheffield Wednesday proved too much for us.”

Cook also watched on as new signing Anthony Pilkington had to be replaced at half-time with an ankle injury whilst Will Grigg has seemingly picked up a bad injury after coming on as a second-half substitute.

“Pilks has rolled his ankle, Cedric [Kipre] was struggling with his ankle and Griggy has had a bad one that doesn’t look great,” Cook continued.

“That’s what the league is, you get injuries, we were in a bit of fog but getting towards clear light and now it looks like we are heading back into that fog – that’s the way it is, though.”

And Cook wanted to thank the supporters that travelled as Latics’ wait for a first away win since their 3-0 success at Stoke City in August, continues.

“Thank you to our supporters for heading over,” Cook finished. “They show amazing faith by continually travelling to watch us and we are really fighting to make you happy and get those away wins that will see us safe in the division.”

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