Boss gives his thoughts on disappointing night.
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Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook cut a hugely disappointed figure as he spoke to the press after Tuesday night’s 3-0 defeat at Blackburn Rovers.
Speaking post-match, Cook said:
“How do you sum up disappointment and a catalogue of individual errors?
“I have never been a manager to come on and apologise to the fans because in football you have your bumps and bruises and your ups and downs. Tonight is a tough night, make no bones about it, it is a very, very tough night.
“I am not a manager who criticises players; I think when you have a belief in the players [you can’t].
“I represent them first and foremost to the supporters and tonight was way off where we want to be as a team.
“The game wasn’t really going anywhere with all due respect up until the penalty but we have that ability; when there is nothing going on in the game and then we are one behind.
“All I can say to Wigan fans is that we are so, so disappointed and can we see the reaction against Bolton on Saturday? That has become an absolutely huge game for us as a football club now because we have had so many opportunities to get away from the relegation zone and, unfortunately, we haven’t taken them.
“As a group, with me as the leader, I must take whatever criticism comes around and I have always wanted to be strong in football – I always will be – but tonight is as low as it gets suppose,” he continued.
“We just give teams goals at really poor times and irrespective of tactics and formations, football is about scoring at one end and keeping it out at the other and unfortunately for us now, we have always been in games like at Nottingham Forest – where we were good – but tonight we petered out and were way off what is an acceptable performance for the team.
“The pain is there for everyone and, as a group of people, the pain has to settle and if we are to maintain our status, we have to win games."