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26 January 2019

Boss gives his thoughts after defeat at the City Ground in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday.

  • WATCH: Paul Cook on Wigan Athletic’s 3-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest
  • Cook disappointed with result and determined to turn form around for supporters
  • Cook: “It is tough to support your team sometimes when you are on runs like we are on but from somewhere we must find a character and a fight to win.”

Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook felt bitterly disappointed for the 1,300+ travelling support as his side lost 3-1 at Nottingham Forest on Saturday afternoon.

Latics levelled through Josh Windass after Joe Lolley’s opener but Matty Cash and Adlene Guedioura scored second-half goals for Martin O’Neill’s side.

Reflecting post-match, Cook said:

“I am disappointed because, for the majority, that was a game that we were very much in.

“We conceded the first goal against the run of play, got ourselves back in the game and then we are really disappointed to concede.

“It is a little pattern that has developed and I am sure supporters don’t want to hear me saying the same things.

“We brought great travelling support across today, we made the lads aware of that and we are doing our best for the supporters.

“The most important thing now, in this relegation fight, with the games ticking down is that we deliver the points to make our supporters happy.

“All I can guarantee our fans is that we will go away and do everything possible now in the transfer window and from the end of the transfer window to the end of the season to make sure we do everything we can to remain in this division next year.”

Cook added that his major source of disappointment came from the fact his side competed well for large parts of the game and had chances.

“Our players are so close to achieving stuff at times,” he continued. “The margins are so small, we have good chances at one end, don’t put them away and it comes back to haunt you.

“We are playing against strong teams and the moments in the game are there.

“Could we have equalised in the second-half with the chance that comes across for Vaughany and Cedric?

“We have the penalty as well to get back in the game.”

Latics are back at home next Saturday with QPR the visitors to the DW Stadium and Cook admits getting back to playing in front of our home supporters is timely.

“I am looking forward to the game against QPR, we have a week to prepare, we are in the run-in now where the games start ticking down.

“We have a job to do, we are fully aware of the job we have to do and we are going to everything we can for our fans because it is important for them. We travelled great today and I really felt for them at the end of the game when I was looking across.

“It is tough to support your team sometimes when you are on runs like we are on but from somewhere we must find a character and a fight to win.”


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