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25 January 2019

Boss gives his thoughts ahead of trip to The City Ground on Saturday to face Martin O’Neill’s side.

  • WATCH: Paul Cook looks ahead to Wigan Athletic’s trip to Nottingham Forest
  • Cook also wishes Jordan Flores well after his move to Dundalk was confirmed on Friday morning
  • Cook: “Let’s put on a display as similar to the Aston Villa one as we can and hopefully we can come back with the three points for our supporters.”

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook says Latics have to begin to affect the fine margins in their away games if they are to collect more points on the road this season, starting with Saturday’s trip to face Nottingham Forest.

Cook hasn’t seen his side win on the road since their 3-0 win at Stoke City in August, whilst his side have collected their other away points in draws at Bolton Wanderers and Swansea City.

Speaking to iFollow Latics ahead of Saturday’s trip to face Martin O’Neill’s side, Cook said:

“I was very disappointed at Sheffield Wednesday because, having hit the heights we did against Aston Villa, to go away from home and perform how we did was really disappointing for me, it really was.

“We move on, though, we go into another tough game against Nottingham Forest tomorrow and it is a game that we are determined to do well in.

“We have had a good training week; we have looked at form, identified problems, looked at patterns in our results and the reasons why we have had eight one-goal losses in the league.

“We have been looking in depth because we really want to put things right by our supporters and also by ourselves. The home form and the away form are too contrasting for me because you can’t have the home form that we have got – which at the minute is keeping us up – and the away form, with the same players, same information and same lads that were doing so well last year.

“We are just falling short by fine margins and that is the disappointment. Now it is a case of ‘How can we affect the margins?’”

O’Neill will be looking for his first win as manager of the club where he earned legendary status as a player and Cook knows the test his side face in the East Midlands is tough.

“I think Martin is a proven, very successful manager and I think Nottingham Forest have a calibre of player that is there for all to see,” Cook added.

“If they decide to play with Daryl Murphy and Lewis Grabban up front, then they are good players, aren’t they?

“Nottingham Forest are a very strong club, not dissimilar to Sheffield Wednesday last week, where they are craving success but the supporters support their team through thick and thin.”

It was announced on Friday morning that academy graduate Jordan Flores will be leaving Latics and Cook says he is pleased for the midfielder, who will look to kick-start his career with new club Dundalk FC in the League of Ireland.

“I am delighted for Jordan, he is a really good, Wigan lad; he has had a lot of bad luck with injuries,” Cook added.

“He has been out on loan but now he goes to a good club in Dundalk, a very strong club in the League of Ireland, and we wish Jordan well. He is a superb lad and he will always be welcome back at the DW, that’s for sure.”

And Cook finished by confirming that Will Grigg and Anthony Pilkington, who both picked up injuries at the weekend, are unlikely to face Forest, whilst Gavin Massey and Nick Powell remain side-lined.

“Griggy is out, Pilkington hasn’t trained all week, Powelly has had a little setback and Gavin Massey is out,” Cook confirmed.

“But let’s get on with it rather than go through who is fit and not fit, let’s put on a display as similar to the Aston Villa one as we can and hopefully we can come back with the three points for our supporters.”


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