Paul Cook’s thoughts after Latics exit the Emirates FA Cup at West Bromwich Albion.
- WATCH: Paul Cook reflects on Wigan Athletic’s Emirates FA Cup defeat at West Bromwich Albion
- Cook says his side didn’t lack effort and commitment and says the club’s supporters were a credit to the club at The Hawthorns
- Cook: “The games are following similar patters and our fans would agree; we are doing well, miss a chance or two and then concede. It is something that we have to alleviate.”
Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook was frustrated Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at West Bromwich Albion followed a similar pattern to recent defeats as his side started the clash in the Black Country well before conceding a goal which ultimately proved decisive.
Latics had early chances before Bakary Sako’s opener and Cook said post-match:
“It was a tough game; this was always going to be a tough place to come, as everyone knows.
“We had good support today and great credit to the Wigan Athletic supporters. We are in that little period now where we all have to knuckle down together, come together, stay strong and make sure we deliver what we set out to do at the start of the season.
“We are having a tough time in a tough league and this was tough competition today; West Brom made 11 changes and you only have to look at the calibre of player on the pitch to know what we are up against.
“I thought the lads kept working, doing their best – lacking certain things of course – but effort and commitment, not at all.
“The games are following similar patters and our fans would agree; we are doing well, miss a chance or two and then concede. It is something that we have to alleviate.”
Cook remains optimistic despite a difficult run and hopes the January Transfer Window and returns of Nick Powell and Michael Jacobs to fitness could help his side turn a corner.
“We have had such good runs; this time last year we drew at Bournemouth, everything was going our way and at the minute it is not,” Cook added.
“As a manager, it is important that I show the correct leadership qualities to the players. It is important for our fans – they were great and really behind us today – and supporting your team is a lifetime with highs and lows.
“Samy Morsy was feeling his hamstring, Darron Gibson got injured in the warm-up and at the minute you just couldn’t make it up.
“People say it can’t rain forever but it is raining quite a lot at the minute. We have to stay optimistic, though, Michael Jacobs joins the squad Monday, Nick Powell is only a week away and Gavin Massey will be three or four weeks.
“The transfer window is open for a short period of time and within that it could like we have strengthened our squad really well.
“With our supporters, our players and the unity at the club, I am sure everything will be fine.”