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1 March 2019

Paul Cook looks ahead to Latics' Sky Bet Championship clash with Middlesbrough as his side aim to make it five matches unbeaten.

  • iFollow Latics: Paul Cook pre-Middlesbrough.
  • Paul Cook on squad preparation, options and support.
  • Latics host Middlesbrough at the DW Stadium in an attempt to go five games unbeaten.

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Paul Cook on Latics being named EFL Community Club of the Year in the North West

“It’s an outstanding achievement, I think football clubs in general play a massive part in the community where they’re from, Yeovil, Morecambe and right up to the big teams like Manchester City and Liverpool.

“A massive pat on the back for everyone connected to Wigan Athletic, it’s something the club have always prided itself on and it’s gone very well at the minute.

“It’s great for Wigan Athletic be involved in such a prestigious award.”

Paul Cook on squad preparation

“The preparation has gone very well, we did well to salvage a point last weekend, but we were disappointed not to get all three, but we move on and come up against a strong side this Saturday.

“They (Middlesbrough) have played very well recently, so we’ve got our hands full tomorrow that’s for sure."

Paul Cook on Latics' support

“The fans have been terrific, one of the things in football is to support your team through the good and bad times.

“During my tenure at the club, the Wigan Athletic fans have been fantastic and tomorrow will be another one of them days.”

Paul Cook on Latics' current position

“I think in this division, to go four games unbeaten, irrespective of the result, you’ve done well because you don’t get any easy games at this level.

“Whilst we’re all abit disappointed with not grabbing a win to push us up the table, it’s going to be a long season in relation with what we want to achieve and if we can achieve that, we’ll all be very happy when that comes around.

“I’m happy with the squad, for us it’s about challenging what we want to challenge for and for ourselves, it’s always been a case of finding ourselves five or six points above the bottom three.

“In my opinion, if we can continue that and find ourselves in that position at the end of the season, it’s a successful season.

“We’ve had some great nights and disappointing ones but it’s important we go into tomorrow ready as we’ve got a big bank of fixtures coming up before the next international break.”

Paul Cook on Middlesbrough

“They have a very good side and are well coached, especially with Tony (Pulis) and the rest of his staff.

“They’re a very strong club, their players are very good, and they have a style of play where you score and then they score.

“We give them full respect tomorrow, we know how tough it’s going to be, but we’ve prepared well so I’m looking forward to it.”

Paul Cook on defensive options

“We’ve got a number of players competing for places, Cedric (Kipre) has been outstanding this season, Jonas (Olsson) has come into the frame in January transfer window.

“For us, we know it’s a game we will look forward to, Middlesbrough will travel well with their supporters on the back of a few very strong results, so it’s credit to Tony and their staff for doing such a good job.”

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