Boss "physically sick" after late defeat at the Madejski Stadium.
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- Cook: “I am just physically sick at the minute; it is huge moments. I am struggling for words because going into 90 minutes, Reece James is off the pitch, Samy Morsy is giving the ball back to their goalkeeper and the next minute they are celebrating a Reading goal.”
Wigan Athletic manager Paul Cook says he feels physically sick after victory at Reading was snatched from his side in the cruellest fashion in the final stages of Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship clash at the Madejski Stadium.
Speaking post-match after Mo Barrow and Yakou Meite scored late goals for the Royals, with Latics leading 2-1 thanks to Nick Powell and Joe Garner strikes, Cook said:
“I wanted a reaction from the players, I wanted us to find the identity which we had last year and at the start of this season and, to be fair, I thought the lads were excellent today – probably as good as we have played for a long, long time.
“All over the pitch we had good performances, we were strong, making good decisions and we created chances but unfortunately for us, whatever ever way you want to describe it, we haven’t seen a game out that to think we wouldn’t have won, was an understatement but to think we have lost – it’s beggars belief.
“It was a big game; I wanted to make sure we turned up and did we turn up? Yes, I thought we did. Our big players, did they play well? I thought they were excellent all over the pitch.
“Tactics, formations, that hasn’t influenced the game today – we were excellent but unfortunately we haven’t managed to get the result.
“I just told the players that I have no issues with how we played or how we performed; we were excellent and it was one of our best performances for quite a bit. Personnel like Nick Powell, Gavin Massey and Michael Jacobs coming back fit will always help and we had that identity.
“Their keeper has made the save from Powelly at 2-1 and fair play to the goalie because it is an outstanding save. I am so disappointed for the players because if you work that hard the least we should have got would have been a point.
“With nine games to go, if we can replicate that type of performance then I don’t think we will have any problems staying in the division.
“I am just physically sick at the minute; it is huge moments. I am struggling for words because going into 90 minutes, Reece James is off the pitch, Samy Morsy is giving the ball back to their goalkeeper and the next minute they are celebrating a Reading goal.”