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8 March 2019

Latics prepare to face Reading at the Madejski Stadium in the Sky Bet Championship.

  • iFollow Latics: Paul Cook gives his thoughts ahead of Reading FC.
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Speaking to iFollow Latics at the Wigan Athletic Training Centre ahead of Latics' trip to Reading in the Sky Bet Championship, Paul Cook set out his clear aims for the next set of fixtures.

Paul Cook on Reading clash

“Last season we were sitting here on the cusp of promotion, every game was massive and it’s the same this year for different reasons.

“We will take each game as it comes, we have studied them on where we can hurt them, where they carry their own threats.

“Reading have had a difficult season for whatever reasons, but they’ve got a lot of good players and a style that’s good to watch on the eye, so we’ve got a tough game tomorrow.

“Everything that we wanted to achieve at the start of the campaign is in front of us now and a lot of it won’t come down to tactics and formations, but desire, spirit and how much we want to deliver Championship football for the Wigan Athletic fans again next season.”

Paul Cook on the three games ahead

“If we lose tomorrow, lost at Blackburn and got beat by Bolton Wanderers, would we be relegated? No.

“If we win three of the games, would we stay up? Probably, yes.

“So, the reality is all the football is still to be played but the season doesn’t end until the last ball is kicked, we are very focused, the lads and staff are very determined, and we have to pick up the points.”

Paul Cook on squad availability

“We’ve got a couple of knocks and bruises which is disappointing, I’m not going to reveal too much but the squad has suffered a few knocks and we will travel without a few players.”

Wigan Athletic v Bolton Wanderers

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