Boss reflects on defeat at Pride Park on Tuesday night.
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Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook says he was disappointed his side couldn’t take anything back north with them from Tuesday night’s Sky Bet Championship clash with play-off chasing Derby County.
Reflecting post-match with iFollow Latics after his side lost having led at Pride Park, Cook said:
“We are so disappointed because we were doing smashing in the game and, with the greatest respect to Derby, they weren’t really looking like scoring from my point of view and then obviously the whole atmosphere in the stadium changes and unfortunately we couldn’t see it out.
“It is so disappointing because we are in that stage of the season now where every game becomes more important and points are vital. At one stage, the whole picture looked great for us but unfortunately the picture changed completely.
“For long periods in the second-half, I thought we were going to score again – I thought we were getting in the right areas but the disappointing thing was Massey and Jacobs tired badly – as to be expected – and we are having to make substitutions. There are no excuses, though, we are at a good level of football and you have got to have something about you to see games out and unfortunately we haven’t been able to do that.
“We have to lick our wounds now and go to Reading on Saturday for what is going to be a big games.”
Danny Fox had to be replaced early on for Latics for what seems a bad knee injury and Cook added that news is a further frustration for him.
“The competition for places is healthy,” Cook added. “Danny Fox’s injury is a bit worrying for us because he has been playing really well and we will have to have a look at that.
“I’m a bit sick really because at one stage in the evening it looked like we were going to be in a great position – winning that game in hand would have sent us six points clear and unfortunately now we are not and we have to take that on the chin.
“These are tough games and the teams we are playing are littered with quality; I feel we have quality within our dressing room as well and we wanted to come here and score goals tonight – I don’t want to set teams up to be behind the ball and frustrate the opposition – I want to embrace the games and you look at Michael Jacobs’ chance at 1-1, it’s a great chance but unfortunately it didn’t go our way.”