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16 March 2019

The gaffer reflects on crucial victory over Bolton Wanderers as Latics move three points clear of the relegation zone in the Sky Bet Championship.

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Latics boss Paul Cook felt his side fully merited all three points on Saturday afternoon as Latics grabbed a crucial victory against Bolton Wanderers at the DW Stadium.

Cook’s side put five past Bolton Wanderers to secure three vital points in the Sky Bet Championship, with Joe Garner, Gavin Massey, Nick Powell, Michael Jacobs and Leon Clarke all getting on the score-sheet as rampant Latics thrashed their local rivals 5-2.

Reflecting post-match following an eventful derby, Cook heaped the praise on the players:

“I thought the players responded in magnificent style today, for them to create the chances they created against a very resolute Bolton Wanderers side was pleasing, the goal helped us to calm our nerves down and every time they got back into the game we responded.

“I’m pleased for everyone at the club tonight, it can be tough times and challenging, but it’s what football is. We stood up to that challenge today and we were excellent, we scored some fantastic goals to get a thoroughly deserved win.”

Despite playing in difficult conditions, Cook reflected on his team’s attacking performance after scoring five goals at the DW Stadium.

“I’ve got to pay Phil Parkinson huge respect, the stuff that happens at Bolton Wanderers football club every week is not nice to see, it can be tough for a manager and players to go through that.

“Of course, we are delighted with the victory, but we pay respect to Bolton Wanderers today that’s for sure.

“I would have taken anything today as long as we won, I thought the result against Reading was an absolute disgrace, we were very flat again against Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday night, but we’ve bounced back today and I’m sure our fans will be delighted.

“We’ve set out a great chance of achieving what we wanted to at the start of the season with that performance today.”

After three disappointing defeats on the bounce, Cook admitted post-match his players deserve credit for Latics’ home form:

“Our home form is up there with one of the best in the division, away from home it hasn’t been good enough so we must find a solution now to get some points on the road.

“Our form here deserves a pat on the back, to beat Aston Villa and West Brom and other teams and play so strongly whilst doing that is great credit to the players.

“Tonight everyone will feel a little bit happier, but until the final ball is kicked on the final day no one can relax, we certainly won’t rest on our laurels as we play a very strong Brentford side here next.”

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